Taking a bite out of Apple (Guest commentary)

Steve Jobs’ departure provides lessons for HR
By Andrea Plotnick
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/10/2011

Mention Tim Cook’s name at a dinner party and you’ll likely get a blank stare in return. But he is now one of the world’s most powerful executives, stepping into the shoes vacated by Apple’s former, legendary CEO Steve Jobs.

Cook is responsible for driving the company into the future, inspiring employees to continue to innovate and putting a steady flow of must-have electronics into eager consumers’ hands — all while maintaining the exceptional return shareholders have come to expect from Apple.

It’s never easy for any executive to follow in the footsteps of a successful CEO, especially one with the rock star status of Jobs. There are lessons for us all in the transition at Apple and how it was handled.