Calling Steven P. Jobs "one of the most successful chief executives in corporate history," the New York Times today reported that he "once said he never thought of himself as a manager, but as a leader. And his notion of leadership revolved around choosing the best people possible, encouraging them and creating an environment in which they could do great work." This touches on several themes near and dear to Art of the Future. Jobs is an anticipatory leader who has been able to integrate his vision into the hearts and minds of everyone in the Apple organization. Apple attracts top creative talent and retains them through challenging assignments and a supportive workplace environment. Apple is a great example of a life-sustaining organization.
As Jobs transitions to Chairman of the Board, the triple play of attention to its people, its products and the environment has endowed Apple with a strong legacy that bodes well for its ability to survive and thrive in the wild and wooly environment we face going forward. As the NYT puts it, "success begets success. And at this point, few companies have as high a concentration of geniuses — in technology, design and marketing — as Apple. Leaders like the design god Jonathan Ive and the operations mastermind Tim Cook won’t let the company go astray."