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:

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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The U. S. Navy: Floundering in Communications and Leadership Blunders!

In June, 2017, the USS Fitzgerald collided with a giant cargo ship in the Pacific and seven sailors died. A few months later, the USS John S. McCain, another destroyer in the Navy’s heralded 7th Fleet, was struck by an oil tanker, and 10 more sailors were lost.

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3G and Berkshire Hathaway: A Bad Partnership Damages Kraft Heinz!

Berkshire Hathaway (aka Warren Buffett) is best known for buying highly successful companies with very high-quality products run by people who have accumulated a deep understanding of all aspects of the business, and then lets those people continue to run the business just as they have in the past.

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Maria Bartiromo Interview: China is not respecting intellectual property

This past weekend, I was interviewed on the Friday evening Maria Bartiromo’s Walll Street show on Fox Business News, which also aired on Sunday.  We discussed in detail the Huawei problem and the broader issue of protection of intellectual property. You can watch the entire interview by clicking here.    

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