Jobs' Magic Kingdom: What's your take?

Peter Burrows

Hi again, folks. I took a bit of breather after closing this week's cover in BusinessWeek, entitled Steve Jobs' Magic Kingdom. But I'm back, and we've just posted a full Q&A I did with former DuPont CEO Edgar Woolard, who was the Apple board member that convinced Jobs to come back to work as CEO of Apple back in 1997. I've only had a few occasions to speak with Woolard, but he's always gracious, as forthcoming as he can be, and in particular, optimistic and productive in his outlook. It's easy to see why he's been so successful in business. You get the sense this is a guy who can quickly find his way through problems, to find answers that all parties in a situation can live with.

I called him in the course of reporting out the cover story, in the belief that few have had a better front-row seat to Jobs' MO in the boardroom than he. What's his prediction? That Disney's newest shareholder will be a great boon to Disney's board and to Bob Iger, and not at all the disruptive force that some have suggested. What do you think?

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