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:

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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Warning: Don’t Let Your Age Dictate Your Behavior!

There was a recent article in the Wall Street Journal which focused on the fact that more companies are placing individuals in the CEO role who are members of Gen X (ages 35 to 54). The essence of the article was to discuss three areas where it seems this age group generally has advantages versus […]

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Neil Cavuto Interview: The DOJ Scrutiny of Big Tech

Here is a link to my interview today on Fox Business regarding the very significant Department of Justice antitrust launch this week on the tech companies involved with social media and online retailing.  Microsoft and Google are the focus of the dialogue with Neil Cavuto.

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Do you know THE primary motivator of people?

Several years ago there was some interesting research on employee motivation that really stuck with me. The conclusions were based on a massive study that involved twenty-six project teams from seven companies, comprising 238 individuals. Each participant filled out a survey at the end of each day, recording their moods, motivation levels, perceptions of the work environment that day, as well as the work they did, the progress they made, and the sense of creative output. The resulting 12,000 diary entries captured many ups and downs and provided a unique look at the inner workings of work life on a micro level.

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Google: Its Stock Languishes While the Chaos Increases!

Google investors are frustrated. Since January 1 of this year, Facebook, Apple, Twitter, and Microsoft are up +47%, +27%, +20%, and +32% respectively, while Alphabet/Google is down -3%. Even more frustrating is the growing list of negative events that clearly have distracted the company, such as: * The Antitrust Storms Strengthens – The U.S. Justice […]

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Tesla – Incapable of Listening, Learning and Improving

Continuing his propensity for evading reality, the CEO of Tesla has described demand for the Model 3 as “insanely high. The inhibitor is affordability. It’s got nothing to do with desire.” I think he just said: the car is badly overpriced! Being more realistic and factual, one Barklays PLC analyst said: “Model 3 demand has largely stagnated.”

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Netflix: Underestimating a Fast-Growing Threat?

Netflix has always been the innovator who was way out in front of the current market offerings. It was 1997, when only 7% of households had a DVD player, that Netflix launched its “movies on DVDs by mail” service. At that time, virtually all movies watched at home were rented on VHS tapes from one of the 3000 Blockbuster stores. By 2007, Blockbuster had grown to 9000 stores and was clearly on its way to bankruptcy since most people got their movies by mail on DVD’s from Netflix, since over 80% of homes had a DVD player, and renting a movie on a DVD from Netflix avoided the trips to Blockbuster.

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Alphabet-Google: Hiding the Facts from Analysts

Alphabet, the parent company of Google, recently announced results of its first quarter, and it was the largest revenue shortfall relative to expectations in years. This caused the stock price to immediately drop 9.7%, chopping about $68 billion off the company’s market value. The realization that growth was slowing was the rationale for this worst one-day decline in 6.5 years.

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