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:

Samsung Note 7: Rushed, Organizational Chaos!

In recent years, Samsung has been the smartphone market leader. While Apple makes the most profit, Samsung sells the most units. Its unit market share is 22% globally while Apple’s is at 13%. In the spring of 2016, rumors were rampant that the iPhone 7, scheduled to launch in the fall, would lack any real innovation. Samsung smelled an opportunity, moved up the introduction of the Galaxy Note 7 to August 19, and put enormous pressure on its suppliers to beat the iPhone 7 to the marketplace.

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Apple: Too Risk Adverse? Lack of Focus? No Game Plan?

The financial community is officially worried about Apple with its market share being off over ten percent versus its fifty-two week high. No doubt most of this decline is due to the iPhone, and the continuing reduction of the growth rate of the smartphone market.

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Google/Alphabet: Killing Innovation?

Google, the search engine giant, is generally known as an incredibly innovative organization. It prides itself in having a very open culture with few working constraints; all designed to generate an enormous amount of innovation.

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Fox Business News: Tough problems are not being tackled by govt.

Fox Business News: Tough problems are not being tackled by govt.

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Success Can Make You a Slow Learner – An Example!

BlackBerry recently announced that it will stop developing and marketing its own smartphones. This is no surprise, given they have stated they had to sell about 5 million/year to break even, but they are currently only selling them at a rate of 1.8 million/year, and declining. Publically they claim this decision is to focus on software and enhance their return on invested capital. In reality, they should have exited years ago.

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Transparency: Without It, You Lose In Two Ways

IBM is struggling, having seen its revenue decline for 17 straight quarters. It is staking its future on several new technologies; particularly cloud services and Watson artificial intelligence applications (as symbolized by its win on the game show Jeopardy in 2011).

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Intel: Cleaning Up After Missing A Key Inflection Point

Recently Intel agreed to sell a majority stake in its McAfee computer security business to a private equity firm. A few months earlier it announced it would slash 12,000 jobs, 11% of its workforce.

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Changing Jobs? Here are the Watch-Outs!

According to the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, people are switching jobs during their career at a higher rate than ever before recorded. This fact caused two academic researchers to recently launch a massive study covering 400 executives from more than 50 industries in 40 countries.

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Warren Buffett’s Talent Criteria

About a year ago Warren Buffett paid $37 billion for Precision CastParts (PCP) Corporation, a highly successful company that makes complex parts primarily for the aircraft engine industry. Buffett praised and celebrated the CEO of this company at his recent annual meeting in Omaha. This generated a lot of press articles about the controversial nature of that CEO who has generated a culture at PCP that’s best described by one of the employees as “in your face, full body contact.”

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Twitter: Simply Repeating What’s Not Working

The financial results which Twitter just released for its most recent quarter were characterized by weak user growth, weak revenue and a disappointing outlook. This caused an immediate -10% decline in the company’s stock price as investors continued to lose faith in the company’s ability to turn it around. For perspective, while Twitter’s stock price ranged between $35 and $55 during the period of January 2014 to July of 2015, in the most recent six months it has been in the $15-$20 range.

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