Steve Jobs Legacy

I wanted to say some more about Steve Jobs and, in particular, his legacy.

I work for a company in very different industry with a very different heritage.  John Lewis is co-owned Partnership, owned by all of us who work there.  We have Democracy from the shops all the way up to the Partnership Board.

The point of this is that the business of John Lewis of 2011 is still very much the creation of John Spedan Lewis who took his father’s shops and gave them to the people who work there in 1929.  I made a presentation a few days ago to the elected John Lewis Council, which started with Spedan Lewis’ remarkable Principle 1:

“The Partnership’s ultimate purpose is the happiness of all its members, through their worthwhile and satisfying employment in a successful business.  Because the Partnership is owned in trust for its members, they share the responsibilities of ownership as well as its rewards – profit, knowledge and power.”

You can read more about this remarkable and revolutionary statement at the John Lewis Partnership web site.

The point of this is that John Spedan Lewis is still very much alive as the inspirational force for the Company, having made his farewell in 1955.

Steve Jobs’ Apple team is immensely strong.  It will be interesting to see how the genius of this remarkable man lives on over the decades – as Spedan Lewis’ has in John Lewis – in Apple the company he created and then re-created.

We can but hope so.

About paulcoby
I am CIO at the John Lewis Partnership in the UK. I was Chair of SITA - the airline solutions company owned by the Air Transport Community - for 11 years. I am also on the Boards of Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank and Pets at Home. Previously I was Head of BA Services and for 10 years CIO at British Airways. I am interested in Roman and Military History. The views expressed are entirely my own not my employers.

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