Bob's Gutsy Leadership Blog

Archive for March, 2018

What Do Apple and Netflix Have in Common?

Innovation is a topic that you hear a lot about these days. How does it happen? I think you can learn a lot by looking at examples that have occurred over the years that have had a truly significant impact. Here are two classics: Note how the leader had a very specific idea that he believed would have a very significant impact on the world.

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BlackRock: The Power of “Sense of Purpose”

Founded 25 years ago, BlackRock has quickly become not only the world’s largest asset manager ($5.7 trillion under management), but also the dominant leader in the fastest growing investment product; exchange-traded-funds (ETF’s). The company went public in 1999 for $14/share and today BlackRock’s stock trades in the $465/share range. Over the past 5 years, it is up +145%. Separately, a recent Harvard Business Review (HBR) article reported on research dealing with the role of “sense of purpose” in enabling companies to attract top talent and achieve strong results. They single out BlackRock as a prime example.

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Tesla Report Card: Innovation = A; Operational Excellence = F

The CEO of Tesla, who is also the Chairman and Co-Founder, is clearly an amazing visionary. The Tesla all-electric car has created a major inflection point in the automobile industry and with every passing day we are seeing more and more momentum shift toward the use of all-electric cars.

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