Perspectives on Bob's Books

What's Holding You Back?

"A must read for both emerging and established executives! Bob Herbold provides ten clear guidelines that will enable managers to become strong, proactive leaders."

- J.Lechleiter, retired Chairman, President and CEO of Eli Lilly & Company

Seduced By Success

"Bob Herbold gets to the heart of why successful organizations and individuals often go into a tail-spin, and how this can be avoided. His thorough reviews of specific companies we all know make this a very useful book, and I highly recommend it."

- Indra K. Nooyi, Chairperson & CEO, PepsiCo, Inc.

The Fiefdom Syndrome

"Turf wars and bureaucracy can undermine even the strongest corporate strategies. Drawing on lessons learned throughout his distinguished career, Bob describes innovative and practical ways to tackle this pervasive problem."

- Bill Gates, Co-Founder, Microsoft Corporation and Co-Founder, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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Bob regularly writes blog posts and articles with his areas of focus being leadership, organizational effectiveness. Below you will find the titles and hot-links of his most recent efforts:

Ford – Sloppy, Floundering, and Leaderless!

A leader’s job, on an ongoing basis, is to thoroughly understand what is going on in the business, have in place a high impact plan to significantly improve the business, and to continually execute with excellence. Any sign of weakness/opportunity should be tackled with gusto, and necessary initiatives launched to stay on track for continual success.

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Boeing’s 20 Year Problem: Profit Trumps Engineering!

In 1997, Boeing acquired McDonnell Douglas, including its CEO Harry Stonecipher who became COO of Boeing. In 2003, Stonecipher became CEO of Boeing and, as reported in Fortune Magazine recently, quickly set an aggressive goal of reaching an after-tax profit margin of 7%, a mark Boeing had not hit since the 1970.

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A Piece of Wisdom from Warren Buffett and Sequoia Capital

For about the past 50 years, Warren Buffett has been buying companies, such as GEICO, Duracell, and BNSF Railroad, and buying shares in major U.S companies, such as American Express ( owning 17.6% of shares), Coca Cola ( 9.4%), and Apple ( 5.2%). Warren’s company is called Berkshire Hathaway, and it is publicly traded on the NYSE. Over that 50 year period, the average annual growth in the book value of Berkshire Hathaway has been 19% versus 9.7% for the S&P 500. That is why in the financial world he is called the Oracle of Omaha.

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