Apple could surprise us in the next six to nine months by emerging with yet another big new idea. On the other hand, I think the stock market is telling us that the public is beginning to believe that Apple really doesn’t have strong visionary leadership. Apple will be a solid technology company but the Apple era may be on its way out.
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Archive for March, 2013
Recently when I was having a conversation with a current high-ranking executive at Wal-Mart, I was telling him how back in the late 1980’s I was part of a Procter & Gamble group of that was working with a group of Wal-Mart execs, including Sam Walton himself. We were trying to implement ways the two companies could work together more easily. The person I was chatting with told me that while he had never met Sam, all Wal-Mart employees know all about Sam and that he is universally respected.
We are not talking about stupid people here. These are seasoned business veterans who have proven over the years that they are very talented. So why do they, on certain occasions, do really dumb things?
When folks are fearful of a leader, the organization goes into a horrible stagnation, and the leader is typically blind to the negative impact he or she is having. No problems are tackled and people work to stay off the radar screen of the leader.
The lesson here is very clear: when a person begins to feel comfortable in their job, it should be a signal that they are not being as aggressive as they should be in seeking ways to increase their impact.