Everyone's at least a little surprised that Steve Jobs won't be giving Apple's final Macworld keynote. But do you think it's because he's about to retire?
He's Dying, and if you think anything else you are delusional. The writting is on the wall. I have been in Healthcare for over 15 years now and have seen just about everything, and with my illustrious wife being an oncology/infectious disease nurse for the last 7, we have see people detoriate and die right before our eyes. As much as this pisses off BLam and the rest of the Giz-ites, HE'S DYING. They[Apple Execs.] are in an accelerated mode of transition (for which the procedure is being written as they go along) and Steve is doing his best to guide the ship away from the turbulent seas.
Was Jobs a great CEO? Hell Yes. But with every leader, there is an unspoken responsibility to protect your legacy (not personal legacy, but that of those who you leave behind) beyond your life. I.E. , father's who do not purchase life insurance, and die suddenly leaving his legacy to struggle for existance. Jobs is now trying to insure his "legacy" has the ability to sustain itself beyond him. All of this can be sumed up in the simple phrase, "get your house/affairs in order". Both prophetic and commanding all in one breath.
Jobs is doing what every great leader and man does; and that is to insure the viability of his legacy beyond themself. Which is the most important and powerful thing any ONE man can do.
Change has a considerable psychological impact on the human mind. To the fearful it is threatening because it means that things may get worse. To the hopeful it is encouraging because things may get better. To the confident it is inspiring because the challenge exists to make things better.