Dumping Forstall and Browett Bring Apple Together
Rampant speculation suggested that Scott Forstall and John Browett were fired from Apple due to their inability to play nice with others. Apple never officially announced a reason for their departure, but Cook says that happy collaboration is a key ingredient to the company's success.
From Businessweek: "The key in the change that you’re referencing is my deep belief that collaboration is essential for innovation—and I didn’t just start believing that. I’ve always believed that. It’s always been a core belief at Apple. Steve very deeply believed this…
"So the changes—it’s not a matter of going from no collaboration to collaboration. We have an enormous level of collaboration in Apple, but it’s a matter of taking it to another level… So how do we keep doing that and keep taking it to an even higher level? You have to be an A-plus at collaboration. And so the changes that we made get us to a whole new level of collaboration."