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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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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Neil Cavuto Interview: Markets preparing for ‘long battle’ between government, Big Tech companies

Click here for my recent interview with Neil Cavuto on Fox Business.  It focuses on the various issues facing social media companies and the possible increase in the corporate tax rate. 

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Barnes and Noble: The Founder Is Gone. At Last, Some Fresh Thinking!

The founder of Barnes & Noble started the business in 1971 by purchasing a bookstore on 5th Avenue in New York by the name of Barnes & Noble (B&N).  He turned the brand into a retail juggernaut that steamrolled mom-and-pop bookstores in the 1980s and 1990s. Since that time the founder simply watched as Amazon […]

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Learn from Tesla: Don’t Respond Defensively!

Very recently a class action lawsuit was filed on behalf of Tesla Models S and X owners alleging the automaker continues to ignore suspension safety issues. The suit claims Tesla not only failed in its duty as an automaker to ensure owners’ safety, but it actively worked to cover the problem up. The problem specifically concerns […]

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Neil Cavuto Interview: The Silicon Valley Exodus

Check out my interview with Neil Cavuto on Fox Business.  It focuses on the reasons why a growing number of tech companies are leaving California, and Silicon Valley in particular, and moving to states such as Texas. 

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Quibi: Ignoring Your Target Customers = Quick Demise!

Quibi, a streaming service for smartphones that offered original shows with short five to ten-minute-long episodes, was launched in early April this year.  The founder and board chairman of this company was a famous former Disney executive and founder of the studio DreamWorks SKG. The President was a highly regarded former CEO of HP and […]

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