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Marshall Goldsmith reflects on Steve Jobs’ first resignation

August 26, 2011

“I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come. I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee. As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.”  – Steve Jobs

With the recent announcement of Apple CEO Steve Jobs stepping down, the web as been abuzz with what to expect next from Apple and its new CEO, Tim Cook.  This isn’t the first time Jobs stepped down as leader of Apple and this isn’t the first time Cook has been faced with leading the Apple organization and brand.

In Mark Hachman’s post for PCmag.com titled Five Things Apple CEO Tim Cook Must Do to Replace Steve Jobs, he reflects on his 2009 interview with Dr. Marshall Goldsmith, faculty member at this year’s Global Institute for Leadership Development in October and keynote speaker at the Women in Leadership Insitute in November. As a world-renowned executive coach, Goldsmith discusses five things Cook must do to achieve success in the shadow of Steve Jobs and how Cook and Apple must work hard to (re)establish a company identity outside of the Steve Jobs days. To read the full interview, click here>>

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