Bob's Gutsy Leadership Blog

Archive for February, 2015

What’s Your Game Plan for Success?

It is not much fun to be part of an organization that is at best treading water with no clear roadmap to break out and get on an exciting path of progress. That certainly had to be the case for employees of Delta Airlines when it filed bankruptcy in 2005.

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Planting Seeds for Eventual Career Destruction!

Brian Williams, the long-time anchor of NBC News, is now faced with the demise of his reputation and his career. The reason is simple. It appears that he ignored the truth when reporting to the public on various occasions, and made statements that appear to have had only one purpose; to enhance his reputation. The first incident involved claiming his helicopter was hit by a rocket propelled grenade, when it seems various military personnel indicate it wasn’t. Also, in covering hurricane Katrina, he claimed he was seeing bodies floating by his hotel, when apparently there were no flood waters near his hotel.

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Google: Science Fair or Business?

In the past twelve months the stock price of Facebook has gone up 40%, while that of Google has dropped 8%. Facebook has had laser like focus on improving its penetration into mobile and it is really paying off; mobile ad revenue is running twice the level of a year ago and it accounted for 69% of the company’s $3.59bn of advertising revenues in the recent quarter.

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Here’s How to Kill Your Reputation

On a recent flight scheduled to go from John F. Kennedy Airport in New York to Seoul, Korea, the Executive Vice President of Korean Airlines responsible for overseeing in-flight services was sitting in the first class section as the plane sat at the gate preparing to pull back and get in line to take off. The executive was served a drink and an unopened bag of peanuts while the boarding process was taking the place and she immediately went into an abusive tirade of the flight attendant for not serving the nuts on a plate. This tirade went on while the plane pulled away from the gate. Just before take-off the executive demanded that the plane return to the gate and ordered the flight attendant off of the plane.

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