Opinion: Apple after Jobs ... a whiff of "slapdashery"

You know who was really good at short-circuiting negligence? Steve Jobs

If there's one thing there's an inexhaustible supply of it's negligence. The Big N appears everywhere and it's indefatigable. As soon as you let your guard down for a second, it jumps up, slaps you upside the head, and runs around causing chaos.

So, if the Big N is always there, waiting for its chance, can we do anything about it? Are we doomed to always be at its complete lack of mercy? Well, although negligence is always there, waiting to pounce, we can minimize its effects by thinking things through so we know what we're trying to do and, through maniacal attention to detail, improve the odds for actually getting things done without snafus.

You know who was really good at short-circuiting negligence? Steve Jobs. The man was obsessive, detail-oriented, demanded ridiculously high standards, and wouldn't accept anything he perceived as sloppy or poorly designed.

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Not surprisingly this didn't make him the nicest guy to be around if you worked for him but, as Apple's success has demonstrated, Jobs' approach worked incredibly well. A Jobs quote in CNNMoney/Fortune from 2008 underlined his ph