- Jun 14, 2010
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That also surprised me...but the more I read, the more sense it made. Jim was always the nice guy, the Good Cop. He could manage a band of like-minded hippies (affectionate humor here!) but when the business got too big and required a stronger hand, it was hard for him to cope. Now I see why he didn't come down hard on Hunt for saying what he shouldn't, and why the Christmas bonuses turned into an upsetting kerfluffle. And now I can really grasp why he wanted to sell his company to Disney: so he could focus on the creative stuff rather than being The Boss.First, Jim was almost pathologically conflict-averse. You suspect it, sure, because Jim’s such a decent guy, but I had no idea the sheer extent of it. Jim wouldn’t resolve debates with his attorneys, couldn’t fire or discipline his staff, and wouldn’t even bicker with his wife, Jane. As Jane herself told me, “it was fight or flight, and Jim always chose flight.”
It saddens me to think that if he hadn't been so averse to conflict, he might have had a longer marriage--dealing with issues as they arise is important!--and he might not have tried to wait out the illness that ended up taking his life.