rogerd - 12:42 pm on Jan 21, 2011 (gmt 0)
Schmidt tweeted, "Adult supervision no longer required." There may be some element of truth in that, although the Wall Street Journal reports that some insiders say there had been more friction lately between Page and Schmidt. Other insiders deny that. Overall, the WSJ story provides deeper background than some of the coverage: [online.wsj.com...] (login may be needed)
While I wouldn't compare Schmidt's outstanding performance to Sculley's slide at Apple, I do see a parallel to that situation. A product guy is more likely to spark innovation than a business guy. Page is not a charismatic icon like Steve Jobs, but maybe he can push through some fresh approaches now that he's more clearly the boss.