The difference between a vice president and a janitor

Steve Jobs On The Difference Between A Vice President And A Janitor

“When you’re the janitor, reasons matter,” Jobs tells newly minted VPs, according to Lashinsky.

“Somewhere between the janitor and the CEO, reasons stop mattering,” says Jobs, adding, that Rubicon is “crossed when you become a VP.”

Interesting quote from Steve Jobs, via an upcoming Fortune 1 article.  It sounds like Steve expects his senior management team to realize that nothing is not their fault.  And via another Business Insider article, it sounds like he practices a radical approach to accountability:

He gathered the troops [ed: the entire MobileMe team, from engineers to management] at the auditorium Apple uses on its campus to do demos of small products for the press.

He asked the team what MobileMe [ed: Apple’s online suite of desktop and mobile tools] was supposed to do. Someone answer, and Jobs said to that person (and everyone else), “So why the f*** doesn’t it do that?”

Right there and then he named a new executive to run the MobileMe service.

Perhaps not the kinder, gentler side of corporate relations and HR practices, but probably very effective in it’s straightforward-ness.


  1. As of this writing, the original article was not available via the web for a link. It is currently only available via the Fortune iPad app via in-app purchase.
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