It looks like there is a different reason for Steve Jobs’ leave of absence from Apple than was first reported, a spot at the head of the American Auto Industry. Not really, but that is the suggestion that a recent open letter to the President brought up.
Posted on TechCrunch, the letter written by Todd Dagres suggests that the one thing that the auto industry needs, along with this bailout, is an innovative leader with the ability to think outside the box. Someone we should use as a model, Steve Jobs.
Steve Jobs has the ability to see the big picture, outside what is being offered to the public. He has always done right by his employees, his shareholders, and most importantly, his customers. His innovative spirit has made the companies he leads forward looking, creative, and successful. And the truth is, we need to be describing the auto industry in the same way.
Here is a short piece from the letter:
“It is time for us to put tax payer money behind an executive capable of transforming the automotive industry. I respectfully submit that neither the current leadership behind these companies nor government officials are the answer. We need entrepreneurs, consumer product savants and creative managers capable of effecting change. We need great leaders who can transform cars into computers rather than horse-less carriages.”
I tend to agree with the thoughts presented in the letter, and as someone who spoke out against the idea of bailing out failed companies, would see this type of solution as a positive step. We do need to rethink the auto industry, as failed practices continue to hurt the market and foreign car companies continue to outpace us. Technology has offered solutions that have previously been only figments of our imagination. From fuel to design, from function to form, things need to change fast to bring these companies back to the head of the field. And who better to lead a technology innovation than a tech genius like Jobs, or anyone else at the cutting edge of technology and Silicon Valley.
I recommend giving the letter a read. For the full text, click here. Tell me what you think in the comments area below. Thank you for the suggestions Mr. Dagres.