In a surprisingly open  blog post (via BGR) Ben Farrell a former Apple employee goes into the reasons why he quite what is – at least by financial measurement, as well as brand loyalty – one of the most successful companies in history.  I won’t go into the details of the whole post, but it’s a good read and I highly recommend it as a great reminder of how caustic a company – even a successful company – can become.

He specifically mentions “bullying, harassment and mind-games”  as well as a glee he witnessed in making partners suffer at the hands of Apple.   I’ve spoken about the insanity of competition and pressure before.

The systems in place are designed to drive individual producers to insane levels of productivity.  But why?  Is the competition so fierce in the market place?  Nope..  It’s about the limited growth opportunities.. everyone is fighting, the pressure is on.  Everyone is under so much pressure that it all rolls downhill, right to the individual contributor.

I know there is more to say on this subject and it’ll be something that I intend to really explore as we delve deeper into researching for the book project.

Posted by Mike Peluso

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  1. […] means you can’t be as competitive as you once were, you can’t contribute at the level you once did.    At that point a manager […]



  2. […] then they are working.  They’re also paranoid of competition. You see this quite a bit in the tech space where competition is vicious, winners usually take all and major underpinnings of the market change […]



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