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:

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GE – Destroying a Giant – 17 Years of Bad Management!

In 1907, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was formed as an Index of the stock prices of 30 of the largest and most successful companies on the stock exchanges in the USA and General Electric (GE) was selected as a charter member.  By 2018 GE was the last remaining charter member and was booted off […]

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Tesla: Marketing Exaggeration Not Needed!

Tesla was founded in 2003, and until 2012 it marketed only a two-seat roadster.  In 2012 the Model S four-door luxury sedan was launched, and that was really the start of Teala as we know it today.  Basically, Tesla invented the electric-car category and is the clear market leader.  While only a few years ago […]

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The Pandemic Impact: Massive Change Yielding Winners and Losers!

From a business perspective, the past 12 months have been about as wild as anyone could have imagined.  The dreaded pandemic, and the constant CDC alarms, led the consumer to be fearful of doing anything.  This has caused major disruption and risk of survival in many industries.  Let’s take a look at some of the […]

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Pfizer: Did the Virus Give Birth to a New Business Model?

Over the past ten years, Pfizer’s annual revenue dropped from $61 billion to $42 billion in 2020, due primarily to divesting consumer healthcare and key drugs going off-patent (e.g., Viagra and Lyrica).  During this period, total operating costs were cut accordingly from $31 billion to $23 billion, which included R&D spending going from $8 to […]

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Neil Cavuto Interview: ‘Social media boys in big trouble’ over antitrust regulation

Social media antitrust challenges, interest rate increases, and wild gyrations in the stock market, particularly in the tech sector, are the topics of the day.  To see an interview I did today with Neil Cavuto of Fox Business on these issues, click here.

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Learning from Some of the Worst CEO’s in History?

Several years ago, there was an article in the Business Insider publication titled “The 15 Worst CEO’s in American History.”  Of the 15, four strike me as having particularly valuable lessons we can all learn from.  Here they are, with these descriptions basically lifted from the Business Insider (BusIn) article: Most Innovative Geniuses Are Not […]

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Gerry Baker Interview: The future of news sharing on social media

Check out my recent interview with Gerry Baker on Fox Business.  It focuses on the very recent flap between Facebook and the Australian government, and the implications of the agreement that was reached. Click here to watch.

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Mastercard: Classic Gutsy Leadership at Work!

The CEO of Mastercard for the past ten years is retiring at the end of 2021.  He has delivered to shareholders a cumulative total return of +1,581%, which is five times that of the S&P 500.  Concerning market cap, Mastercard is now the 21st most valuable company in the world, up from 256th when he […]

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IBM – No Sense of Urgency!

Six months ago, I wrote a blog that described how things might finally be falling into place for IBM to get itself out of its long-term downward spiral. In mid-2019, the company paid $34 billion for the thriving, open -source software company Red Hat – the largest software acquisition ever.  The hope was this would […]

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Intel: The King Watches Its Empire Dwindle!

Intel, the once-dominant designer, and manufacturer of microprocessors, has been losing ground to competitors.   Versus three years ago, the stock price of Intel is flat, while the S&P 500 Index is up +37% and the tech-heavy Nasdaq index is up +76%. 2020 was really bad, with Intel’s stock price down -17% and competitors Nvidia […]

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