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:

US Navy: An Absence of Leadership at the Top

In recent weeks, the press has been full of stories and analyses of the various accidents involving Navy ships over the past year. What’s becoming apparent is a complete lack of leadership from the Navy’s top ranks.

The two most recent incidents were the most jarring. On June 17, the USS Fitzgerald collided with a merchant ship leaving seven sailors dead. On August 20, the USS John S. McCain collided with a Liberian-flagged oil tanker, leaving ten sailors dead. These two most recent accidents caused the top brass at the Navy to make the following predictable statement; “we will immediately launch a 60-day investigation into fundamental practices.” This sounds trite and political in the face of 17 deaths.

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Cisco: The King of Complexity Pays the Price!

During the period from 1991 to 2000, Cisco Systems was the leader in providing the switches and routers that were the heart of internet infrastructure. During that period, Cisco’s revenue grew averagely about 50% per year. At one point, they were in fact the most valuable company on Wall Street as measured by market cap.

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IBM: A Lesson in the Elusiveness of Objectivity

In its recent quarterly earnings announcement, IBM noted that the division built around Watson, the generalized artificial intelligence tool, experienced a revenue decline of -1% versus year ago. This is after a disappointing +3% growth in the prior quarter. The CEO of the company continues to tout Watson as the savior of IBM. Also, the company continues to field a very heavy advertising program behind Watson. The fact is, it appears Watson is out of gas, but the company keeps hyping it.

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