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:

My Interview with Neil Cavuto: ‘The Big Risk for Tech is Talent’

It’s aways great to chat with Fox Business News host, Neil Cavuto. On today’s show, one of the topics we discussed was tech talent and the fact that even though the US tech sector continues to be strong, the big risk is the impressive strides China continues to make in this area.  You can listen to the entire interview by clicking here.

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Can the Danaher Playbook Save GE?

General Electric has been in a long-term decline ever since Jack Welch left the company in the year 2001. Since then roughly $300 billion of market value has been erased by the two CEO’s who followed Jack. The 2nd of these two CEO’s was very recently removed from his responsibilities after only 13 months on the job. He had led the company to a $124 billion market value decline in that short period.

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Walmart, Macy’s, Target, & Sears:  Victims of Complacency

The retailing giants of the past few decades, such as the four mentioned in the title above, enjoyed long periods of huge success. Over the past ten years, unfortunately they simply sat back and watched Amazon become the new king of retailing. Amazon absolutely owns online retailing. Why did the giants not react? Let’s face it, successful organizations tend to become complacent. In some cases that disease becomes so bad the company gets obliterated (Sears) while others eventually begin trying to catch up.

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Tencent: Learning from China’s Goliath!

The Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive of China’s titan tech firm Tencent is very vocal about what has enabled the company to make the list of the ten most valuable public firms in the world.

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Positive Feedback – Why Are You So Reluctant to Give It?

Positive feedback for a job well done is a powerful motivator. Then why are most managers so reluctant to tell people they did good work when that is the case?

Jess Lear, the psychologist that authored the famous book “I Ain’t Much, Baby – But I’m All I Got”, put it this way: “praise is like sunshine to the human spirit; we cannot grow without it. And yet, while most of us are only too ready to apply to others the cold wind of criticism, we are somehow reluctant to give our fellow man the warm sunshine of praise.”

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Nintendo: For a Century Plus, Taking the Long Term View!

This past year and a half have been eventful for 130 year old Nintendo, with the company vaulting back from the brink of irrelevance to reclaim its position atop the global video game industry.

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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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