Exercising Power vs Doing Better Work

Apple Inc.

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Paul Graham has a new essay called Apple's Mistake about how badly the AppStore approval process is broken. This line speaks volumes:

An organization that wins by exercising power starts to lose the ability to win by doing better work
From Apple's Mistake
Referenced Mon Nov 23 2009 08:40:31 GMT-0700 (MST)

Go read the whole thing and ponder what it means to organizations whose success is measured by the degree to which others use their platform.