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

Bob's Gutsy Leadership Blog

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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:

Uber: Inventing a Company vs. Running a Company

Uber, the ride hailing service, has been a remarkable success. This competitor to the traditional taxi business now operates in 570 cities worldwide. On the other hand, the company faces an enormous number of issues, many of which are self-inflicted.

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Whole Foods: Another Leader Seduced by Success!

Whole Foods was founded in 1980 by its current Chairman and CEO and for three decades was the preeminent organic grocery brand. It was quite successful as consumers began to crave organic and natural foods. For years Whole Foods was able to command significantly higher prices for its organic alternatives.

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Want Results? Here is the Profile of the Leader You Need!

Private equity (PE) firms are different. They invest in companies with the intent of quickly improving their efficiency and profitability. They then either sell the company for a big profit or keep it for a period of time, enjoying the cash flows that are coming from it. When they recruit talent, they are very disciplined in requiring specific traits they know are critical to success. Recently a massive study was done across 32 private equity firms to isolate those traits.

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