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:

How Do Winners, Like Amazon and Microsoft, Win?

It seems that almost every day the financial news is dominated by the likes of Amazon continuing its rise to be the dominant retailer and Microsoft showing it is re-energized around the Cloud and registering financial results that make it look like a startup again.

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Houston Astros: A Lesson in Implementing Change!

When the Houston Astros won last year’s major league baseball World Series, it marked the end of a long and challenging road.  It was the first time in the club’s 56 year history that it won the title and only 4 years ago, the team lost a staggering 111 games out of 162.  The team […]

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Newell and Jarden: Fighting Over Elmer’s Glue and Mr. Coffee!

In December of 2015 the CEO of Jarden Corp. negotiated a deal where he sold his company to Newell Brands and got a huge personal payout. He also negotiated that he would become a member of the new Board of Directors. The prior CEO of Newell became the CEO of the newly-merged organization which retained the name of Newell.

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A Lesson From a Legendary Auto Executive

Sergio Marchionne, who engineered a merger of the auto industry’s weakest companies – Fiat and Chrysler, and turned the combination into a profit generator, recently and suddenly passed away. His accomplishments are worth reviewing because we can learn such a powerful lesson.

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BHP Billiton: It is All About Focus!

A couple of years ago, BHP Billiton, the world’s largest mining company, announced it was spinning off its aluminum and magnesium businesses, plus several other mining entities. The remaining company was focused on just four areas: coal, copper, iron ore, and gas/oil.

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Netflix: Turning TV Viewing Upside Down

Completely changing the business model in an industry is not an easy thing to do.  On the other hand, it creates incredible rewards for the innovators.  Netflix is a primary example of this.  It basically put the Blockbusters of the world out of business in the late 1990’s as it introduced DVD’s by mail versus […]

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Barnes & Noble: Watching Its Own Demise!

In what appears to be a slow-motion march toward bankruptcy, Barnes & Noble announced its recent quarterly earnings; a -5.3% revenue decline to $1.2 billion and a loss of $63.5 million. This situation reminds me very much of Kodak in the period from 1995-2010. It sat back and watched its stock price go from $90/share down to virtually nothing, as the era of digital cameras emerged.

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Uber: Roadblocks When Driving Change

After a couple of years of chaotic behavior on the part of the top management of Uber, it has a new CEO who is now working hard to clean things up and to set a direction for the company. His primary area of focus is understanding what the customer base thinks should be improved, and […]

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McDonalds: Why Don’t They Confront the Real Problem?

The fast food business has become extremely competitive in the U.S. over the last couple of years as McDonald’s key competitors, Wendy’s and Burger King, came out with aggressive deals to attract customers. Examples of such offers are Burger King’s deal of 10 chicken nuggets for $1.69 and Wendy’s “four for four dollar” menu, which have been extremely successful. McDonald’s has been losing U.S. market share to these aggressive players and has lost the loyalty of some of its most cost-conscience customers, according to analysts.

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ESPN: Weak Management, Weak Results!

As cable TV’s most expensive channel, ESPN has found themselves in the unfortunate position of having the big cable distributors offering discounted packages that didn’t include this sports channel. Many consumers have opted for these options, while others cut the cable cord entirely and use streaming services exclusively. This has led to ESPN losing 16 million subscribers over the past 7 years.

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