“Why I didn’t go to Steve Jobs and say, ‘Steve, let’s figure out how you can come back and lead your company.’ I didn’t do that, it was a terrible mistake on my part. I can’t figure out why I didn’t have the wisdom to do that. But I didn’t. And as life has it, shortly after that, I was fired. Those lessons that I got along the way are the ones that have shaped my life for the last 20 years.”
— John Sculley, former Apple CEO, still talking about the ouster of Steve Jobs he helped carry out at the computer maker in 1985. Sculley has voiced his regrets in the past few years, especially after Jobs returned to Apple in 1997 and reinvigorated the company. Forbes reports that Sculley seemed to be feeling nostalgic — perhaps prompted by the recent movie about Jobs, and perhaps because so much time has passed — at the Forbes Global CEO Conference last week in Bali.
Photo: Then-Apple CEO Steve Jobs, left, and President John Sculley present the new Macintosh in January 1984 at a shareholder meeting in Cupertino. (Associated Press)