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In Praise of Micro-Managers

Walt Disney acts out his characters' roles during a story conference
in 1944

Walt Disney acts out his characters' roles during a story conference in 1944 Photograph by PhotoQuest/Getty Images

Apple has been without Steve Jobs for one year now, and it has become clear that what the company misses most is not Jobs’s innovative thinking, but his micro-management.

Apple is still producing such great innovations as the iPhone 5, but the executions are no longer flawless. Many believe that mistakes like the poor Apple Maps app would never have happened on Jobs’s watch, because he was an incessant micro-manager who paid close attention to details.