Cook beats Jobs by 2 percent—
As far as satisfaction ratings go for CEO performance as graded by company employees, the latest vote of confidence from Apple’s rank and file put Tim Cook at 97 percent compared to 95 percent when Steve Jobs was CEO at Apple.
The average ranking for CEOs nationally is a paltry 62 percent. Evidently, Apple is doing something extremely correct in its management style for numbers this high.
A surprise to some
Upon Steve Jobs passing in October 2011, some were doubtful of Cook’s ability to continue Apple’s success as its new CEO. However, the company has continued its astonishing growth and actually increased its revenue last year by almost 200 percent.
A more personable management style
Jobs’ legendary temper and crankiness oftentimes rubbed his subordinates the wrong way when he deemed new ideas or suggestions from them with profanity and sarcasm. But Cook’s way of management seems to be more open and accepting.
When one employee approached Cook with an idea, Cook responded, “…“tell me again how this helps me sell more phones.”
Cook’s openness is apparently a hit with Apple employees. The Wall Street Journal reported:
“The new chief executive, 50 years old, has also been more communicative with employees than his predecessor, sending a variety of company-wide emails while addressing Apple employees as ‘Team.'”
Cook’s new products
The successful launches of the iPhone 4S last year and this year’s New iPad were undoubtedly from the mind of Steve Jobs. But what will really prove Cook’s worth to Apple is whether or not he can come up with new products and innovations of his own.
Two years down the road, when all of Jobs’ ideas have been spent, Apple will have to rely on Cook and Company to continue Apple’s dominance in releasing new tech that captivates the public’s attention and pocketbooks.
It’s anyone’s guess if this will happen.
Via Daily Finance, Wall Street Journal
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Written by: Frank Ling on Friday, March 30, 2012 – 4:12 PM