Seven Days in May
Thursday, May 23: At his regular Thursday meeting with his top lieutenants in the Macintosh division,
Jobs told his inner circle about his plan to oust Sculley.
He also confided in the corporate human resources director, Jay Elliot,
who told him bluntly that the proposed rebellion wouldn't work.
Elliot had talked to some board members and urged them to stand up for Jobs,
but he discovered that most of the board was with Sculley, as were most members of Apple's senior staff.
Yet Jobs barreled ahead.
He even revealed his plans to Gassee on a walk around the parking lot,
despite the fact that Gassee had come from Paris to take his job.
"I made the mistake of telling Gassee," Jobs wryly conceded years later.
That evening Apple's general counsel Al Eisenstat had a small barbecue at his home for Sculley, Gassee, and their wives.
When Gassee told Eisenstat what Jobs was plotting, he recommended that Gassee inform Sculley.
"Steve was trying to raise a cabal and have a coup to get rid of John," Gassee recalled.
"In the den of Al Eisenstat's house, I put my index finger lightly on John's breastbone and said,
'If you leave tomorrow for China, you could be ousted. Steve's plotting to get rid of you.'"