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Revealed: Apple and Google's wage-fixing cartel involved dozens more companies, over one million employees

Revealed: Apple and Google's wage-fixing cartel involved dozens more companies, over one million employees | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

 “‘Masters are forbidden to poach workers from other members of the craft.' - British medieval ordinances of Bristol cobblers in 1364’” — 
    

This week, as the final summary judgement for the resulting class action suit looms, and companies mentioned (Intuit, Pixar and Lucasfilm) scramble to settle out of court....court documents show shocking evidence of a much larger conspiracy, reaching far beyond Silicon Valley.

    

Confidential internal Google and Apple memos...clearly show that what began as a secret cartel agreement between Apple’s Steve Jobs and Google’s Eric Schmidt to illegally fix the labor market for hi-tech workers, expanded within a few years to include companies ranging from Dell, IBM, eBay and Microsoft, to Comcast, Clear Channel, Dreamworks, and London-based public relations behemoth WPP.

All told, the combined workforces of the companies involved totals well over a million employees.


Read the full article here.

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

This is sobering, especially with Google's "Don't be evil" informal corporate motto.  What nefarious dealings ARE THESE to keep the IT folks down, while large profits are enjoyed by executives?    

If this all pans out as it reads in the media, it's not good, tech companies, not good at all.  ~  D 

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Richard Platt's curator insight, April 8, 10:49 PM

Sad but true..  And people wonder why so many leave the high tech corporate world to do start-ups and go it alone rather than be a slave.  This article convinced me that Steve Jobs  was never a good manager, while I could over look some of idiosyncrasies, and still other failings to emotional immaturity Steve in effect became the very thing he hated in other's, a corporate slaver.  

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Bumps or Falls? Apple Stock Declines After CEO Cook Overhauls Management Team

Bumps or Falls?  Apple Stock Declines After CEO Cook Overhauls Management Team | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

All eyes on Apple Inc. ~ as stock prices decline after Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook embarked on a sweeping management overhaul at the world’s most valuable company.


These Apple top management changes were dramatic. The Bloomberg article has a tone of curiosity.  This could be bumps in the road, in the role of change navigation with leadership, or could signal decline.  Jobs was extolled in his product excellence.  Read about the man, however, and you'll see the complications and complexity.


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“While there will be concerns about future execution given Mr. Forstall’s departure, we note that Apple has navigated through past turnovers impeccably.”

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Time will tell, before too long with the next product launches.  Meanwhile, I cannot wait to get Google Maps back onto my updated iPhone, expected in December.  Thank goodness for my paid app:  Navigon  (Garmin app for my iPhone.)


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Apple Stock

Shares of Apple fell 2.7 percent to $587.70 at 9:44 a.m. in New York. Today is the first trading session since Apple announced the departure of mobile software head Scott Forstall and retail leader John Browett

   

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Cook dismissed Forstall after he refused to sign a public letter to Apple customers apologizing for the mapping software’s flaws...  Cook signed the letter instead.

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...“Both departures were likely forced by Apple’s CEO,” Amit Daryanani, an analyst at RBC Capital Markets, wrote ...  “While there will be concerns about future execution given Mr. Forstall’s departure, we note that Apple has navigated through past turnovers impeccably.”

   

Mapping Software

Forstall was responsible for the mapping software introduced last month that was widely faulted for bad directions and missing features, marring the debut of the iPhone 5. 


Cook dismissed Forstall after he refused to sign a public letter to Apple customers apologizing for the mapping software’s flaws, according to a person briefed on the matter. Cook signed the letter instead.


The management changes leave Ive, who already heads industrial design, with more authority over the vision and details of Apple’s products.  ...Before he died last year, Jobs controlled the experience, melding input from disparate teams. In the new structure, Ive takes on that role.


Retail ‘Mistake’

In August, after Apple had reduced staffing at some retail locations, cut hours and limited store transfers under Browett’s leadership, the company backtracked on the new policies, calling them a “mistake.”


See the full article, including a 9 minute video here.


Photo credit:  Bloomberg

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Leadership Lesson: The Difference Between Google and Apple

Leadership Lesson: The Difference Between Google and Apple | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

Google and Apple - what makes for innovation and what are the lessons learned?

 

...Google could have made the decision to stay solely focused on search, but they had the foresight to move beyond the certainty of what is to pursue new opportunity by focusing on what if.


Apple on the other hand, while once the leading innovator in their space, has ceded that position to other more aggressive players like Samsung, HTC , and yes, Google.


Where Apple went wrong is they began to confuse version releases and feature improvements with innovation.  


Via Susan Bainbridge
Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Confusing version releases with innovation Apple?  Mike Myatt takes on "offense and defense."  And so goes the comparisons of two very different cultures and the leaders at the top.  ~  D

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, May 17, 2013 4:29 PM

How innovation wasn't, via Mike Myatt, at Apple vs. Google.  Interesting take worth a look.  ~  D

Ante Lauc's curator insight, May 18, 2013 2:56 AM

I would like that a new firm create their synthesis.

Denize Piccolotto Carvalho's curator insight, May 20, 2013 11:15 AM

Interesting...