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:

Tesla: The Hype King Stumbles Again!

Tesla makes a very good car and has certainly created high interest in electric vehicles. On the other hand, it’s amazing how regularly the Tesla leader will over-promise and then under-deliver, getting the company into trouble with Wall Street investors. Recently he did it again. Let’s take a look at the details and see what leadership lessons might emerge.

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Ford: Focusing on What’s Cool and Ignoring the Core Business!

The big news at Ford recently was the firing of the CEO who had been in place for three years. The stimulus for this is the fact that Ford’s business is suffering. Specifically, the first quarter of 2017 saw Ford’s pre-tax profits decrease by -35% versus year ago. Ford’s stock has under-performed GM’s by almost 25 percentage points over the past year. In the three year tenure of the departing CEO, Ford’s stock is down -37%.

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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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