Today fellow blogger Rob Enderle asks, "Is AOL Like Apple Without Steve Jobs?" He says AOL seems to be laser-focused on profit without the power of a personality that drives teams to near-superhuman levels of advancement. He says Arianna Huffington might provide that personality, but that remains to be seen.
Meanwhile, a newsletter from job-information site Weddle's asserts that to advance our careers, we have to become like Apple. (You'll have to sign up to get the free newsletter.)
Writes Peter Weddle in a post called "The iPhone Proposition":
Steve Jobs and company recognize that standing still is the single best way to fail in today's economy. Their competitors are always raising the bar in terms of design and performance, so they must too. Similarly, consumers are forever raising their expectations about what they want and need from a cell phone, so Apple must oblige. In effect, those two inexorable forces mean that the only way Apple can survive and prosper is by working continuously at getting better.
The same dynamic also now impacts all of us in the workforce. Our competitors in the U.S. and abroad-those who want our job or the job we want-are upping their game and improving their ability to contribute to an employer's success. At the same time, employers now expect higher performance and harder work from both their current employees and those applying for their open positions. As a result, the only way we can survive and prosper in today's economy is by adopting the iPhone Proposition: we must work continuously to stay ahead of both our competitor's capabilities and employers' expectations.
He says that requires three things: