Bob's Gutsy Leadership Blog

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:

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Three Subtle, Killer Mistakes You May Not Realize You Are Making!

Regularly posting these blogs on the Gutsy Leadership website (www.bobherbold.com) was started years ago to help launch the 3rd book I did entitled “What’s Holding You Back: Ten Bold Steps that Define Gutsy Leaders.” The book focuses on a roadmap of ten steps a leader can follow in generating big impact, and the blogs focus […]

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McKinsey – The Floundering Consultant

About five years ago, McKinsey, the once admired consulting giant, undertook a rapid expansion.  It sought out new ways to grow, and with a decentralized management structure, there were few protections in place to prevent ambitious partners from taking on lucrative but potentially problematic clients.  McKinsey’s partners have historically enjoyed wide latitude over their work […]

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Best Buy – Common Sense Creates a Retail Miracle

Back in 2012, Best Buy was on the ropes.  The stock price was in the neighborhood of $1.00/share. Its competitors Circuit City, CompUSA, and Radio Shack were even in worse shape: all three went bankrupt within a year or so. The fast-emerging online service and low prices of Amazon were killing the tech retail trade.  […]

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The Lego Turnaround – Quality Listening is Essential!

Lego was founded in 1932 by a carpenter selling wooden toys.  In 1947 the products were changed to plastic, and Lego launched the classic interlocking bricks.  It quickly became a kid’s favorite because of its invitation to imagine and create.  In the 1980’s and 90’s Lego began to struggle, primarily due to the fact that […]

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The European Union – The Floundering Giant!

I haven’t referenced a government example in past blogs, but there is such a glaring example of poor leadership out there right now that I can’t resist.   We have read a lot recently about how the European Union (EU) has been totally disorganized in rolling out the COVID-19 vaccines, causing the EU virus agony […]

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GE – Destroying a Giant – 17 Years of Bad Management!

In 1907, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was formed as an Index of the stock prices of 30 of the largest and most successful companies on the stock exchanges in the USA and General Electric (GE) was selected as a charter member.  By 2018 GE was the last remaining charter member and was booted off […]

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Tesla: Marketing Exaggeration Not Needed!

Tesla was founded in 2003, and until 2012 it marketed only a two-seat roadster.  In 2012 the Model S four-door luxury sedan was launched, and that was really the start of Teala as we know it today.  Basically, Tesla invented the electric-car category and is the clear market leader.  While only a few years ago […]

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The Pandemic Impact: Massive Change Yielding Winners and Losers!

From a business perspective, the past 12 months have been about as wild as anyone could have imagined.  The dreaded pandemic, and the constant CDC alarms, led the consumer to be fearful of doing anything.  This has caused major disruption and risk of survival in many industries.  Let’s take a look at some of the […]

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Pfizer: Did the Virus Give Birth to a New Business Model?

Over the past ten years, Pfizer’s annual revenue dropped from $61 billion to $42 billion in 2020, due primarily to divesting consumer healthcare and key drugs going off-patent (e.g., Viagra and Lyrica).  During this period, total operating costs were cut accordingly from $31 billion to $23 billion, which included R&D spending going from $8 to […]

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Neil Cavuto Interview: ‘Social media boys in big trouble’ over antitrust regulation

Social media antitrust challenges, interest rate increases, and wild gyrations in the stock market, particularly in the tech sector, are the topics of the day.  To see an interview I did today with Neil Cavuto of Fox Business on these issues, click here.

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