Steve’s Dilemma, Apple’s Quandary

23 thoughts on “Steve’s Dilemma, Apple’s Quandary”

  1. Why people feel the need to insert themselves into others lives, judge and jump to conclusions is a mystery to me. If the man wants to take a year from his own show, he should be able to. Frankly, its none of our business why he’s losing weight despite the fact that everyone has their eyes on him. Spending time with your family is not a crime and the fact that he has sacrificed many holidays to appease the Apple community has been more than a great gesture in past years. Let the man spend time with his family like the rest of us do! It goes without saying (but I’m going to say it) that America is a country that is terminally stressed out, focused on work and does NOT spend enough living and enjoying life and the people around them.

    Even being in generation Y,I agree with OM, chill out and enjoy the people and life around you. I will be working my whole life…especially since my 401K has been reduced to a steak dinner, there’s no reason to become a corporate robot.

  2. nice article mr malik
    guess the stock price will still be volatile for a while no matter what is published!
    PS: is there a way to send u an email mr malik? I can not find your contact details on your website.

    thanks.

  3. it’s refreshing to see genuine compassion amid all the mindless media hype. much respect, malik.

    i, like you, hope mr. jobs’s health improves and that he returns to the helm of apple. more than that, i hope he successfully tends to his health. technology can wait. seriously, people.

  4. Dear Om,

    Thank you for publishing this along with your own feelings on the subject. Steve Jobs is synonymous with the brand which is why there is so much attention and speculation around his illness as it relates to Apple. That kind of branding is both a blessing and a curse.

    What people should focus on at present is supporting Steve Jobs, respecting his wishes, and remembering that although Apple has a phenomenal front man, the company is also comprised of passionate individuals who share Steve Jobs’ vision who are also accountable to millions of Mac enthusiasts, customers and stockholders who expect the same standard of quality, performance, and innovation, not to mention wow factor.

    Thanks for letting us converse here with you.

    Best wishes,

    Stephanie Ciccarelli
    Co-founder of Voices.com

  5. “In the most technical sense, Jobs, by not coming clean, was lying to the community.”

    From my reading, Mr. Jobs makes 4 points:

    1. Because I’m thin, every move I make is attributed to my health and apparently my non-moves as well.
    2. I’m not too sick to do it. My weight loss is due to an unrelated, non-life-threatening, non-job-interfering problem – which is being addressed.
    3. Because it’s unrelated and non-job-interfering, there was nothing and is nothing to report.
    4. I’ve always put this company first.
    5. Although it’s none of your business, this is my problem and that is all I’m saying on the matter.

    At which point did he “come clean”? What new information radically changed from the old “It’s not the cancer, I’m losing weight due to something unrelated” explanation?

    We got ONE more detail: Hormone Imbalance. No why, no how, no details what-so-ever.

    The people who didn’t believe his first “I’m not sick” explanation won’t buy this one, either – especially those investors who benefit from the continued gossip.

    I don’t think Mr. Jobs is dying – but I do believe we’re beginning Year 3 of a 5-year phase-out. Apple University will be his focus after he steps down… and he will stay there until he dies.

  6. I appreciate your comments, but Jeez Louise, , can’t you read? In absolutely no way at all did he indicate that the Macworld decision played any role whatsoever in that decision (that’s because IT DIDN’T). If you can’t comprehend a simple e-mail, you shouldn’t be writing anything, period.

  7. @Silas

    I am not sure what you mean by can’t you read. I actually don’t say anything about Macworld etc. But if you read the coverage recently it was all pinned to the Macworld decision/announcement. Secondly, if you can’t comprehend the reason of the reason of the post, well….

  8. @Neurotic Nomad,

    I couldn’t care less if he came clean or not. That is his personal decision and only his decision. If he doesn’t want us to know, then well so be it. Others might disagree and say they want more information. And they surely can talk about it — just not on my blog. I am sorry, I feel very strongly about people’s private lives especially on matters of health. It is not a spectator sport.

    So now you know my reasons for writing this post.

  9. In an era of shrinking medical privacy, Mr. Jobs has every right to control the timing and content of his disclosures to the public regarding his health. It’s one thing for Apple’s Board of Directors to insist on being kept in the loop so they can plan for Apple’s future management; but as far as I’m concerned, the public’s “right to know” is superseded by Jobs’ right to be left the heck alone.

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