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:

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.

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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 […]

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Tesla – Incapable of Listening, Learning and Improving

Continuing his propensity for evading reality, the CEO of Tesla has described demand for the Model 3 as “insanely high. The inhibitor is affordability. It’s got nothing to do with desire.” I think he just said: the car is badly overpriced! Being more realistic and factual, one Barklays PLC analyst said: “Model 3 demand has largely stagnated.”

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Netflix: Underestimating a Fast-Growing Threat?

Netflix has always been the innovator who was way out in front of the current market offerings. It was 1997, when only 7% of households had a DVD player, that Netflix launched its “movies on DVDs by mail” service. At that time, virtually all movies watched at home were rented on VHS tapes from one of the 3000 Blockbuster stores. By 2007, Blockbuster had grown to 9000 stores and was clearly on its way to bankruptcy since most people got their movies by mail on DVD’s from Netflix, since over 80% of homes had a DVD player, and renting a movie on a DVD from Netflix avoided the trips to Blockbuster.

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Alphabet-Google: Hiding the Facts from Analysts

Alphabet, the parent company of Google, recently announced results of its first quarter, and it was the largest revenue shortfall relative to expectations in years. This caused the stock price to immediately drop 9.7%, chopping about $68 billion off the company’s market value. The realization that growth was slowing was the rationale for this worst one-day decline in 6.5 years.

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Mornings with Maria interview: Calls to break up Facebook

Earlier today, I was interviewed by Maria Bartiromo and the co-hosts of the Mornings with Maria show on Fox Business News. We discussed a number of topics including the WhatsApp breach, today’s cybersecurity challenges, concerns over China’s intellectual property theft and finally how President Trump should handle China in the trade negotiations. You can watch […]

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Neil Cavuto interview: US-China trade tensions hurting consumers and US economy

Earlier today, I was interviewed by Neil Cavuto on Fox Business News.  We discussed the impact the US-China trade tensions are having on everything from consumers to the US economy. You can watch the entire interview by clicking here.

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China’s Semiconductor Plans: A Lesson in How to Lead Change!

There is nothing quite as important in an organization as having a leader who is highly skilled in spotting vulnerabilities, developing the goals to fix things, telling the entire organization what you want to happen, developing the plan to achieve the goal, lining up the necessary talent, and then executing with excellence. While it is usually a company that you come across that is doing this well, it is highly unusual to see a country do this well, particularly a country of 1.4billion people; namely, China.

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Mornings with Maria interview: Is Zuckerberg lacking the maturity to deal with Facebook’s many issues?

Earlier today, I was interviewed by the hosts of the Mornings with Maria show on Fox Business News.  We discussed a number of topics including Facebook’s leadership dilemma, Ubers recent challenges and how their leadership is handling these and finally, my thoughts on Leander Kahney’s new book, Tim Cook: The Genius Who Took Apple to the Next Level. You can […]

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Apple: Steve Jobs Would Throw a Fit!

When Steve introduced a product, it was special and rocked the status quo. The Macintosh, the iPod, the iPad, and the iPhone are the examples of what Steve was talking about. Each was huge in its impact and represented the foundation of what he left when he passed away in 2011.

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