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:

Boeing: Ignoring Their #1 Promise to the Public!

Over the years, Boeing CEO’s have constantly stated publicly that Boeing has no higher priority than the safety of the flying public. As the details of the development of the company’s new 737 MAX aircraft become public, we are now seeing that internally, Boeing has had a very different #1 priority.

Read More ...

WeWork – A Weak Business Model and Weaker Management!

From a tech perspective, the big news recently is the postponement of the WeWork IPO. Investors have become unnerved by deepening losses at the company, which last year bled $1.61 billion in red ink; nearly equal to its revenue of $1.82billion! While the company had been valued at $47 billion, based on the last cash infusion by Softbank, in recent days its underwriters settled on something closer to $15 billion. Not surprisingly, this led to the CEO/Co-Founder resigning but staying on as non-executive chairman.

Read More ...

Target: A Gutsy Decision in the Face of Prevailing Wisdom

During the period of 2015 -16, Target was in a serious decline. The stock price went from the $84 per share range in early 2015 to $64 by late 2016. As pointed out by Fortune magazine recently, Target was being outflanked by Walmart and others in the retail sector price wars, particularly in apparel, where most of its older brands no longer had enough appeal to draw customers away from cheaper rivals.

Read More ...

Neil Cavuto Interview: Google Must Understand Consumer Concerns

Here is the link to the broadcast interview I did today with Neil Cavuto on Fox Business News regarding the growing antitrust efforts focused primarily on Google and Facebook.  

Read More ...

Nordstrom: Ignoring Its Fundamental Problems

Something unique happened last week. After many quarters of disappointment, Nordstrom actually beat the street’s estimate of earnings per share. Given this is the first piece of good news in quite a while, the stock price gained 10%, going from $26 to $28.50. On the other hand, that is still a far cry from the $65 per share level of a year ago.

Read More ...

AT&T: A Weak Business, $200 Billion of Debt and a Focus Problem!

For the past three years, AT&T has really been struggling. During that period, the S&P 500 Index gained +38%, while the AT&T stock price declined by -21%. Debt now stands at $200 billion and Moody’s recently downgraded AT&T’s rating to two notches above junk.

Read More ...

Warning: Don’t Let Your Age Dictate Your Behavior!

There was a recent article in the Wall Street Journal which focused on the fact that more companies are placing individuals in the CEO role who are members of Gen X (ages 35 to 54). The essence of the article was to discuss three areas where it seems this age group generally has advantages versus […]

Read More ...

Neil Cavuto Interview: The DOJ Scrutiny of Big Tech

Here is a link to my interview today on Fox Business regarding the very significant Department of Justice antitrust launch this week on the tech companies involved with social media and online retailing.  Microsoft and Google are the focus of the dialogue with Neil Cavuto.

Read More ...

Do you know THE primary motivator of people?

Several years ago there was some interesting research on employee motivation that really stuck with me. The conclusions were based on a massive study that involved twenty-six project teams from seven companies, comprising 238 individuals. Each participant filled out a survey at the end of each day, recording their moods, motivation levels, perceptions of the work environment that day, as well as the work they did, the progress they made, and the sense of creative output. The resulting 12,000 diary entries captured many ups and downs and provided a unique look at the inner workings of work life on a micro level.

Read More ...

Google: Its Stock Languishes While the Chaos Increases!

Google investors are frustrated. Since January 1 of this year, Facebook, Apple, Twitter, and Microsoft are up +47%, +27%, +20%, and +32% respectively, while Alphabet/Google is down -3%. Even more frustrating is the growing list of negative events that clearly have distracted the company, such as: * The Antitrust Storms Strengthens – The U.S. Justice […]

Read More ...