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:

Facebook – Silicon Valley’s Problem Child: Destroying Tech’s Image?

Recently a technology analyst who has been covering the industry for a couple of decades commented: “On my last couple of trips to Silicon Valley, not one person I spoke to had anything good to say about Facebook, a company that minted hundreds of Bay Area millionaires when it went public in 2012.

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Mornings with Maria interview: China and big tech

Earlier today, I was interviewed by Maria Bartiromo and the co-hosts of the Mornings with Maria show on Fox Business News. The discussion centered around the China trade/tariff/intellectual property negotiations and how they could impact the technology sector. You can watch the interview by clicking here.

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Amazon’s Secrets to Success

The article on Amazon’s master plan for success that appeared recently in the Atlantic magazine is a very interesting read. I was most impressed by the clear description of the core principles instilled by Jeff Bezos right in the beginning on how the company would operate. It outlines how the organization protects and effectively executes these principles on an ongoing basis.

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Working Super Hard and Getting Nowhere?

A couple of years ago a management research firm did a massive survey of almost 100,000 people employed worldwide and surprisingly, almost a third cited “burnout” as a problem they were experiencing. In the study, “burnout” was defined as feeling ineffective and overwhelmed with work.

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Boeing: Ignoring Their #1 Promise to the Public!

Over the years, Boeing CEO’s have constantly stated publicly that Boeing has no higher priority than the safety of the flying public. As the details of the development of the company’s new 737 MAX aircraft become public, we are now seeing that internally, Boeing has had a very different #1 priority.

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WeWork – A Weak Business Model and Weaker Management!

From a tech perspective, the big news recently is the postponement of the WeWork IPO. Investors have become unnerved by deepening losses at the company, which last year bled $1.61 billion in red ink; nearly equal to its revenue of $1.82billion! While the company had been valued at $47 billion, based on the last cash infusion by Softbank, in recent days its underwriters settled on something closer to $15 billion. Not surprisingly, this led to the CEO/Co-Founder resigning but staying on as non-executive chairman.

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Target: A Gutsy Decision in the Face of Prevailing Wisdom

During the period of 2015 -16, Target was in a serious decline. The stock price went from the $84 per share range in early 2015 to $64 by late 2016. As pointed out by Fortune magazine recently, Target was being outflanked by Walmart and others in the retail sector price wars, particularly in apparel, where most of its older brands no longer had enough appeal to draw customers away from cheaper rivals.

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Neil Cavuto Interview: Google Must Understand Consumer Concerns

Here is the link to the broadcast interview I did today with Neil Cavuto on Fox Business News regarding the growing antitrust efforts focused primarily on Google and Facebook.  

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Nordstrom: Ignoring Its Fundamental Problems

Something unique happened last week. After many quarters of disappointment, Nordstrom actually beat the street’s estimate of earnings per share. Given this is the first piece of good news in quite a while, the stock price gained 10%, going from $26 to $28.50. On the other hand, that is still a far cry from the $65 per share level of a year ago.

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AT&T: A Weak Business, $200 Billion of Debt and a Focus Problem!

For the past three years, AT&T has really been struggling. During that period, the S&P 500 Index gained +38%, while the AT&T stock price declined by -21%. Debt now stands at $200 billion and Moody’s recently downgraded AT&T’s rating to two notches above junk.

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