Bob's Gutsy Leadership Blog

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

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Amazon: A Rare Strategic Mistake?

Whole Foods’ first store opened in 1978 in Austin, Texas.   National expansion began in earnest in 1984 and it has grown to 500 stores in North America.    In October of 2017 it was acquired by Amazon. Whole Foods’ amazing growth was due to three points of differentiation that it used to attract its […]

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Wisdom from Steve Jobs: Create a Reality Distortion Field!

Back in 2006 when Apple was developing the iPhone, Steve Jobs decided that while the original plan was for the iPhone to have a plastic screen, like the iPod, it would feel much more elegant and substantive if the screen was glass.  He set about finding a glass that would be strong and resistant to […]

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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