I just opened my on-line newspaper, and there was Steve’s picture page wide.
Immediately felt something happened. Tears fill my eyes. I am moved by Steve’s passing away. That may sound strange from an ex-Microsoft employee, but it isn’t.
First of all, i am not religious.
Secondly, in my previous life, I had the privilege to spend some hours face to face with Bill Gates. I remember how much respect Bill showed for Steve. And i believe it was both ways. There is no doubt that both are great business men, as both have created a garage business into a two digit multi billion dollar business. Bill was unbelievable tense and sharp, and reading the press and publications, Steve was no different.
Both are great leaders. Both are great persons. Both are authentic. Both care about the world at large. But Steve had the charisma, and could time after time touch me emotionally with a every new product launch, quote, humor, “there is one more thing”, thinking differently, and celebrating the corporate rebels and the crazy ones:
We will have to miss all that. I am hungry for the next leader who can inspire me spiritually and emotionally, beyond the mere bottom-line.
Thank you, Steve. We will miss you. Farewell…