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:

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Keurig Dr Pepper – Beating Coke, Pepsi, and Starbucks!

For a long time, the world of cold and hot beverages has been dominated by Coke, Pepsi and Starbucks.  But along with the pandemic came a surprising new player, Keurig Dr Pepper (KDP), who’s businesses are booming. Dr Pepper, who has a stable of many soft drinks including Dr Pepper, Canada Dry, A&W Root Beer, […]

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Airbnb – Saved by the Virus, Speed, and Decisiveness!

Prior to the virus, Airbnb was quite successful, but the 39-year-old CEO and co-founder was frustrating Wall Street by constantly putting off an IPO, thus blocking investors from, at long last, cashing out some of their holdings.  The delays were aggravating since there were several less-attractive start-ups that were launching IPO’s.   Adding further frustration, […]

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Neil Cavuto Interview: Tech companies should focus on customers, not short-term stock price

Here is a link to my interview today with Neil Cavuto on Fox Business regarding the earnings reports of the tech giants and the antitrust situation those companies find themselves in.

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Amazon: A Rare Strategic Mistake?

Whole Foods’ first store opened in 1978 in Austin, Texas.   National expansion began in earnest in 1984 and it has grown to 500 stores in North America.    In October of 2017 it was acquired by Amazon. Whole Foods’ amazing growth was due to three points of differentiation that it used to attract its […]

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Wisdom from Steve Jobs: Create a Reality Distortion Field!

Back in 2006 when Apple was developing the iPhone, Steve Jobs decided that while the original plan was for the iPhone to have a plastic screen, like the iPod, it would feel much more elegant and substantive if the screen was glass.  He set about finding a glass that would be strong and resistant to […]

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Netflix – Matching Management Practices to the Business

With people stuck at home, it is no surprise that Netflix is having a great year.  On the other hand, there is a whole bunch of new streaming options, such as Disney+, that are also thriving.  You would expect them to be taking some business away from Netflix, but instead, it has seen revenue climb […]

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How to Create an Environment of Achievement

Strong leaders push consistently to make sure their people and organizations are focused on achieving something of significance. An environment of achievement requires an exciting vision and clear plans to make it happen. It requires well-understood measures so that there is pressure to perform and to see those measures demonstrate genuine progress. It requires accurate matching of people to jobs to maximize impact.

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Change and Fear: Inseparable?

Anytime there is a significant change in an organization, it can have a very unsettling effect. Examples of the kind of changes I am talking about are reorganizing to better meet the needs of the marketplace, new technologies that lead to new products or new ways to execute the business or new bosses who have different value systems and want to reconfigure things.

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IBM: Finally, A Bold Move Provides Some Hope

One financial analyst calls IBM’s last ten years its wasted decade. In that period, the company’s annual revenue dropped from a tad over $100 billion to under $80 billion and net income for the decade dropped from $14.8 billion to $9.4 billion. In comparison, in the past ten years, Microsoft’s revenue grew from $69 billion to over $143 billion and the company has been totally reinvigorated by the move to a cloud emphasis about 6 years ago.

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Brooks Brothers: The Latest Casualty Due to Ignoring Key Trends

Brooks Brothers is a classic name in retailing.  The 202-year-old company pioneered ready-made suits and its clothes have been worn by dozens of U.S presidents, including Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt, as well as tycoons ranging from the Astor’s to the Vanderbilt’s.  As one retail industry analyst put it, “Brooks Brothers has been a way […]

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