Succession Planning was well done at Apple because management had focused on nurturing a culture that transcends individuals. Numerous studies over last couple of years pointed to this.
If I were Tim Cook, I would try the following:
- Try to be Tim Cook as much as possible
- Don’t try to fill Steve Jobs’ shoes, instead try to “stand on Steve’s shoulders”
- Don’t try to fight for recognition because that would be a trap, I can only become a better Tim Cook
- Don’t pay much attention to the hype, just get on with the job
Steve has done a good job at Succession Planning at Apple
. The onus is now on Tim Cook to capitalise on this, and that task may be made hard by any form of obsession with past achievements.