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:

Social Media – A Mess Crying for Strong Leadership

Facebook, Google and Twitter have had a really rough time of it in 2018.   Versus their 2018 highs, their stock prices are off -38%, -15%, and -30% respectively, but more importantly, have major issues with their business models. Specifically, these three companies are confronted, and seem perplexed, by two key threats: the privacy issue and the publisher […]

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GE Should Learn from the Turnaround Wizards!

If you go back 20 years, General Electric was one of the most admired companies in the world. It participated in a variety of different product categories and in each, it had a firm goal to be the number one or number two player, or get out. Since then, it’s been virtually a straight line down and currently, we are reading daily of the fact that General Electric may not be salvageable.

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The Facebook Crisis: Dumb Behavior, Flawed Model!

Over the past year, Facebook has gotten itself into numerous problems that are clearly having a big negative impact on the company. Most of these problems are due to their own faulty behavior. The impact on the stock price has been severe; dropping about 25% versus the beginning of the year. Here are some of the more glaring self-inflicted wounds:

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An interview with Maria Bartiromo: China as an emerging tech superpower

Last week, I had a great conversation with the team at Mornings with Maria on Fox Business News. We covered a rang of topics, including concerns over the potential threat to U.S. tech from China. You can watch the entire interview by clicking here.

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How to Be a Better People Leader!

Researchers from the London Business School recently completed some very interesting work on the topic of becoming a great boss. Many books have been written on this topic but I think the following four principles that emerged from this research do a terrific job of isolating the core competencies necessary to excel in leading a group of people to great results.

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An interview with Neil Cavuto: Apple is basically a one-product company

It’s aways great to chat with Fox Business News host, Neil Cavuto. On today’s show, one of the topics we discussed was President Trump’s upcoming meeting with tech executives and Microsoft’s battle with Apple for the highest valuation.  You can listen to the entire interview by clicking here.

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Ford – The Stock Tanks While Management Plods Along!

Recently the stock price of the Ford Motor Company has been trading around $9/share, a drop of 32% versus the start of 2018. The company makes some money in North America but is losing money everywhere else, particularly in Europe and China.

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My Interview with Neil Cavuto: ‘The Big Risk for Tech is Talent’

It’s aways great to chat with Fox Business News host, Neil Cavuto. On today’s show, one of the topics we discussed was tech talent and the fact that even though the US tech sector continues to be strong, the big risk is the impressive strides China continues to make in this area.  You can listen to the entire interview by clicking here.

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Can the Danaher Playbook Save GE?

General Electric has been in a long-term decline ever since Jack Welch left the company in the year 2001. Since then roughly $300 billion of market value has been erased by the two CEO’s who followed Jack. The 2nd of these two CEO’s was very recently removed from his responsibilities after only 13 months on the job. He had led the company to a $124 billion market value decline in that short period.

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Walmart, Macy’s, Target, & Sears:  Victims of Complacency

The retailing giants of the past few decades, such as the four mentioned in the title above, enjoyed long periods of huge success. Over the past ten years, unfortunately they simply sat back and watched Amazon become the new king of retailing. Amazon absolutely owns online retailing. Why did the giants not react? Let’s face it, successful organizations tend to become complacent. In some cases that disease becomes so bad the company gets obliterated (Sears) while others eventually begin trying to catch up.

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