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Saturday, September 24, 2011 - 4:45am

WORKING: When An Icon Leaves

Updated: 6 years ago.
Organizations typically face a struggle to continue to innovate after they lose larger-than-life leaders, according to our workplace expert Brandon Smith. That’s true as much for a large corporation as for mom-and-pop businesses. (Photo Courtesy of Tim Patterson via Flickr.)

When Steve Jobs stepped down as CEO of Apple, Inc. in August, speculation started right away that his replacement won’t be able to maintain the company’s success.

Of course, Jobs is not the first iconic leader to leave his organization. So we asked Brandon Smith to help us look at what happens when a legend leaves.

Brandon Smith teaches about leadership, communication, and workplace culture at Emory University's Goizueta Business School. More of his advice is at And while you’re there, ask him your workplace or career question. We might use your question on a future radio segment.