Bob's Leadership Blog

Bob regularly writes blog posts and articles with his areas of focus being business leadership, organizational effectiveness, and U.S. competitiveness. Below you will find his most recent efforts. To read these, please click on the following links.

Credibility – Why Risk It?

In a recent statement to the press, the CEO of Tesla made it clear that it now looks like Tesla would ship about 50,000 cars in calendar 2015, not the 55,000 he had previously indicated. He then quickly boasted that he continues to be confident that Tesla will ship 500,000 cars in 2020 (a 10x increase in five years!). These statements spawned many articles in the press questioning the reasonableness of the CEO’s projections, particularly since he has a history of over promising.

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Is Your Big Idea Really Big? Really?

Early in 2015, there were numerous articles published about the problems being experienced by the fast-food chain McDonald’s. There were three problems in particular that most experts pointed to in explaining McDonald’s 3 years of weak sales and serious profit declines.

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Are You Intimidating? Here are the Traits

There has been a flurry of articles recently about the disarray of the San Francisco 49ers football team; players retiring early, jumping on offers from competitive teams, and rumors of star players being on the trading block. Also discussed has been the intimidating culture created by the front office leaders.

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Lessons from Amazon’s “Bruising Workplace”

The recent New York Times article entitled “Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising Workplace” has created quite a stir. Some employees have come forward to defend the place and others, mostly former employees, have piled on endorsing the negatives. No matter what side you take on this issue, there is plenty of learning in this peak into the culture of a very successful company.

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Lessons from Google’s Latest Announcement

Recently Google announced a major restructuring. A new holding company called Alphabet Inc. will include not only its major advertising businesses (Google Search, YouTube, Android and Chrome) to be called Google but also each of the individual development projects such as robots, self-driving cars, internet connectivity via balloons, and a variety of others.

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Want Change? Be Specific!

In the last decade or so, business leaders have experienced a dizzying rate of economic, technological, social, and environmental change. In response, business scholars and writers have generated a staggering amount of research, articles, books, and programs discussing countless methods for driving change and exploiting new capabilities and circumstances. A couple of years ago a […]

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A Lesson from Viacom About Avoiding Reality

Over the years Viacom has been highly successful with its popular cable networks including Comedy Central, BET, VH1, Nickelodeon, and MTV. On the other hand, more recently, and specifically in this current television viewing season, Viacom is seeing double digit declines in its ratings. For example, at MTV, the company’s flagship network, prime-time ratings are down 22% versus last year and 25% among 18-34 year olds, the network’s demographic target.

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Execution and Innovation: Both are Required!

In the last six months Netflix has achieved two major milestones. First, it exceeded 50 million subscribers and second, its market value reached $33 billion which exceeds that of CBS Network. It’s clear that Netflix should now be viewed as a major media player.

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What Big Bet Are You Pursuing?

GE Power and Water already has over $1 billion of orders for this new product and is in discussion with several communities, with $11 billion dollars’ worth of equipment on the verge being ordered.

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How to Avoid Being a Dictator or a Doormat!

Tesla Motors seems to constantly be in the news for a whole variety of usually negative reasons. The latest is the resignation of their CFO which caught everyone by surprise. A few months prior it was the resignation/firing of the head of Tesla’s Chinese business.

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