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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Time to Move On

This is the 408th blog I have posted, and due to some additional commitments, this will be my last. For the past eleven years I have really enjoyed providing this blog’s audience some robust examples, both positive and negative, that teach us lessons concerning courageous leadership. So why am I going to stop?  The answer […]

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A Very Valuable Business Tool: A Framework for Quality Thinking!

Stepping back and looking over my many years at Procter & Gamble (P&G), then Microsoft, and then being a member of numerous corporate boards of directors, there is clearly one business tool that I was exposed to that has been the most valuable business approach I picked up.    As background, P&G is legendary for […]

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Learning from Campbell Soups and Microprocessor Maker AMD

Peter Drucker, the famous management/leadership guru, has made some very famous statements relating to the importance of focus.  Here is one of the most instructive:  “If there is one secret of effectiveness, it is focus and concentration.  Effective leaders do first things first and they do one thing at a time.” Check out these two […]

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Auto Companies: Balancing Pressures from Politicians, Media, Technology, and Customers

Recently the President of the US issued an executive order/goal calling on electric, fuel-cell, and hybrid vehicles to account for 50% of car and truck sales by 2030.  That is only 8.5 years away! While such a statement coming out of Washington DC has no binding authority, it puts auto companies in a real box.  […]

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Learn From the WeWork Disaster: Common Sense Is a Necessity!

WeWork was started in 2012 and leases office space and then subleases it to organizations as “shared office space.” It was co-founded by Adam Neumann.  SoftBank is a venture capital company that invests primarily in start-up technology companies and was founded and is led by Masayoshi Son (called Masa).  He runs the Vision Fund, which […]

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Dow & Dupont – Want to Create Value? Create Focus

Prior to 2018, Dow and Dupont were both mired in the complexity of a mishmash of many product offerings In several different industries and as a result, were turning in mediocre business results.  Specifically, each company, in varying degrees, had a variety of products in the areas of broad-use chemicals and materials, specialty chemicals and […]

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Exxon – Refusing to Even Consider Alternate Scenarios and Practices

Exxon had a very rough year in 2020.  Revenues sank by some $83 billion versus a year ago and the energy titan tumbled from No. 3 on the Fortune 500 list to No. 10.  After two decades without even a negative quarter, it lost $22.4 billion in 2020. Exxon was removed from the 30 company […]

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T-Mobile: The Secrets of a Fabulously Successful CEO

Very few Fortune-500 CEO’s have been as successful in growing a company as John Legere.  He became CEO of T-Mobile in September of 2012, and the overhaul has been massive, and the results have been spectacular.  When he took the job, the stock price was in the $19/share range.  Today, it sits at $145.  The […]

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Three Subtle, Killer Mistakes You May Not Realize You Are Making!

Regularly posting these blogs on the Gutsy Leadership website (www.bobherbold.com) was started years ago to help launch the 3rd book I did entitled “What’s Holding You Back: Ten Bold Steps that Define Gutsy Leaders.” The book focuses on a roadmap of ten steps a leader can follow in generating big impact, and the blogs focus […]

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McKinsey – The Floundering Consultant

About five years ago, McKinsey, the once admired consulting giant, undertook a rapid expansion.  It sought out new ways to grow, and with a decentralized management structure, there were few protections in place to prevent ambitious partners from taking on lucrative but potentially problematic clients.  McKinsey’s partners have historically enjoyed wide latitude over their work […]

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