Techradar again: Steve Jobs is sick. Leave him alone.
Imagine youâ€™d had a close encounter with cancer a few years back. You turn up to work with a bit of a cold, and your boss gives you a worried look. â€œIs the cancer back?â€ Er, no. Iâ€™ve got a bit of a cold. You go for a coffee. â€œOh god, is the cancer back?â€ asks the bloke from sales. No, you say. Iâ€™ve got a cold. Back at your desk, somebody accidentally CCs you on an email. It turns out that everybody in the company has become a doctor, theyâ€™ve all diagnosed you with cancer, and theyâ€™ve emailed your family to break the news.
…thatâ€™s exactly what elements of the press pack and blogging crowd have been doing to Steve Jobs since June.
Steve Jobs is also a senior executive of a publicly-traded company, and with that role comes certain responsibilities. Steve has responsibilities to his shareholders â€“ and, importantly, so do Appleâ€™s board of directors.
The illness of a senior executive is a classic area where boards need to be strong, and work for the shareholders. Itâ€™s a tough time for everyone, but the role of the board, as Iâ€™ll explain, means they have to look at things in a way which is impersonal â€“ and which some might find insensitive.
So who’s right? There’s only one way to find out…
I’ve been looking for an excuse to embed a Harry Hill video for ages.