Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Don't Leave Me Now

"Don’t leave me now" was the title of the very last track off the 1983 Supertramp Album "Famous last words", the last album released to feature songs by the Englishman Roger Hodgson (above), one of the founding members of the group.
His distinctive voice and insightful lyrics caused Roger to become the recognisable face and voice for the band, and was responsible for the writing/singing of the songs that the average person would attribute to Supertramp. (The logical song, Breakfast in America, School, Take the long way home")

Hodgson ended up leaving the band after the release of “Famous Last Words” and shortly after, much to this dismay of their legions of fans, Supertramp went into decline and eventually broke up.

One could view a company and a band as family members in a way, the former arguably less artistic, but both a collection of people working together, and still suffering from the same people-related problems, one of which is the idea of business (or band) continuity. Say for instance you have a business and you are the decision making, staff motivating leader of it... what happens if/when one fine day you pop your clogs, or have a falling out and are no longer in a position to run the company? Can it go on and be as successful before, or was it your leadership that was keeping it going?

Anyone who knows anything about the world of technology will tell you that when you think of “Apple” you think “Steve Jobs”. His Apple expos and the keynote presentations that accompany them draw many tens of thousands of views and nearly every techie blogger in the English speaking world hangs on his every word, and faithfully reports the latest Apple developments/products to their readers. Jobs has also been the driving force behind the innovative products that have come to symbolise the California based computer company that are now involved in the sales of not just computers, but music, media players and various other devices such as Apple tv.
Not many people know this, but once upon a time... Apple forced Steve jobs, the person who had founded the company, to resign, Jobs was out, and as he said himself "very publicly out". Soon after this Apple went into decline under a new management that tried to imitate the competition rather than trying to innovate and be the company that Jobs had started.

In 1996 Apple rehired Steve Jobs and the success that has followed has been truly amazing. However it seems though that memories run short up in Cupertino,California, and despite some rather poor attempts at giving some supporting staff opportunities to address the public at the more recent Expos, there seems to be no solid plans to draft in a new face for the company to replace Jobs, who is in now in his fifties. Apple need to address this problem, and probably sooner rather than later, some have suggested than Jonathon Ives the designer behind Apples current line of products could make a good replacement, but the ball needs to get rolling, and soon to avoid a repeat of Apple sans Jobs part one.


Anonymous said...

your love of all things supertramp is becomeing somewhat worrying

jedimasterbooboo said...

LOL, I was thinking the same thing. My son really likes Supertramp. Dreamer is my favorite song, but can ya putcher hand in your head oh no!

Anonymous said...

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