When an organization has a string of amazing success over a long period of time, the chatter usually shifts away from the individual players and onto the management. Who setup the system that drives the success and how does it work?
Apple (AAPL) launched the original iPod on October 23rd, 2001. 103 days after the iPod was launched the Patriots won their first Super Bowl. Both organizations have had an amazing string of success over the next fifteen years. In 2017 the Patriots won their fifth Super Bowl in what is described as the greatest football game of all time played by the greatest quarterback. And Apple just reported the most profitable quarter of all time driven by the most transformative device of all time, the iPhone.
When it comes to either of these two organizations who gets the credit? How much is due to the system or how much is due to special individuals?