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:

The U. S. Navy: Floundering in Communications and Leadership Blunders!

In June, 2017, the USS Fitzgerald collided with a giant cargo ship in the Pacific and seven sailors died. A few months later, the USS John S. McCain, another destroyer in the Navy’s heralded 7th Fleet, was struck by an oil tanker, and 10 more sailors were lost.

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3G and Berkshire Hathaway: A Bad Partnership Damages Kraft Heinz!

Berkshire Hathaway (aka Warren Buffett) is best known for buying highly successful companies with very high-quality products run by people who have accumulated a deep understanding of all aspects of the business, and then lets those people continue to run the business just as they have in the past.

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Maria Bartiromo Interview: China is not respecting intellectual property

This past weekend, I was interviewed on the Friday evening Maria Bartiromo’s Walll Street show on Fox Business News, which also aired on Sunday.  We discussed in detail the Huawei problem and the broader issue of protection of intellectual property. You can watch the entire interview by clicking here.    

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A Key Element in Procter & Gamble’s 182 Years of Success!

Before my 9 years at Microsoft, I spent 26 years at P&G, with the last 4 as a Senior Vice President. Given that experience, I have a strong opinion as to why P&G has performed so well.

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Innovation Tips from a Nobel Prize Winner

Max Perutz is known as the “Godfather of Molecular Biology.” While he did receive the Nobel Prize for the discovery of the molecular structure of hemoglobin, he is equally well known as the founder of the most successful biological research laboratory in the world.

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My Feb. 4th interview with Maria Bartiromo

This morning I was interviewed by Maria Bartiromo on the her Fox  Business show called Mornings with Maria. We covered quite a wide range of topics.  Fox Business broke the interview into three topic area when they posted it on their website.  Here are the links to the three parts of the interview: 1.) Huawei is […]

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The Core Driver of BlackRock’s Success: Purpose

To most Main Street investors, BlackRock is basically invisible. The New York-based financial giant is deeply woven into the fabric of global investing. Surprisingly, it’s the world’s biggest asset manager, overseeing about $6 trillion in client money. It’s also the biggest provider of passive exchange-traded funds, with $1.5 trillion invested in its iShares fund family. All of this is super impressive when you realize the company is only 30 years old

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Social Media – A Mess Crying for Strong Leadership

Facebook, Google and Twitter have had a really rough time of it in 2018.   Versus their 2018 highs, their stock prices are off -38%, -15%, and -30% respectively, but more importantly, have major issues with their business models. Specifically, these three companies are confronted, and seem perplexed, by two key threats: the privacy issue and the publisher […]

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GE Should Learn from the Turnaround Wizards!

If you go back 20 years, General Electric was one of the most admired companies in the world. It participated in a variety of different product categories and in each, it had a firm goal to be the number one or number two player, or get out. Since then, it’s been virtually a straight line down and currently, we are reading daily of the fact that General Electric may not be salvageable.

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The Facebook Crisis: Dumb Behavior, Flawed Model!

Over the past year, Facebook has gotten itself into numerous problems that are clearly having a big negative impact on the company. Most of these problems are due to their own faulty behavior. The impact on the stock price has been severe; dropping about 25% versus the beginning of the year. Here are some of the more glaring self-inflicted wounds:

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