Bob Herbold

Management

Sometimes Leaders Need To Be Dictators

The recent hackings of computer systems at Sony Pictures (the movie division) and Sony Computer Entertainment (the PlayStation division) are not new problems for the company. Specifically, in April, 2011, that same Sony Computer Entertainment division had the same problem as recently; its online gaming service called the PlayStation Network was seriously hacked. The service […]
January 16, 2015 455 Reads share

Management

Can Mary Barra Save General Motors?

General Motors ignition switch problems from the 2005-2008 period, and the subsequent lack of responsiveness on the part of the company, demonstrates just how bureaucratically handicapped the company has been and continues to be.
November 3, 2014 443 Reads share

Management

Sprint’s Disastrous Mistake And What You Can Learn From It!

The recent news of Sprint ousting its CEO, who has served in that role since 2007, is yet another sad step in the long saga of the Sprint Nextel merger of late 2004, where the CEO at that time made a disastrous mistake in priority setting. He ignored the short and long term needs of […]
September 12, 2014 479 Reads share

Management

Are You A Promoter Or A Protector?

A year or so ago the Harvard Business Review had an interesting article on two personality styles and the watch-outs regarding matching up pairs of people in boss/subordinate roles. They categorized people as being of two types: promoters and protectors.
April 28, 2014 603 Reads share

Management

Six Leadership Characteristics That Defined Abraham Lincoln

In a new book on fixing the U.S. health care system, my good friend Dr. David Lawrence discusses the need for leadership and discusses the attributes of some great leaders. I was particularly struck by his comments about the very strong leadership capabilities of one of our most admired presidents; Abraham Lincoln.
March 24, 2014 1,156 Reads share
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Management

The Myth Of The Management Team

In Peter Senge’s book The Fifth Discipline, he talks about various learning disabilities that organizations have. The one I want to talk about here is referred to as The Myth of the Management Team.
February 11, 2014 878 Reads share

Management

Three Communication Tips Every Leader Should Learn

At the end of the third quarter of 2007, Nokia announced huge gains in both profits and revenue, driving their stock price to an all-time high of $40/share. In a widely publicized interview after the release of the quarterly results, the CFO proudly emphasized that it was Nokia’s low-end cell phones, selling for $40 or so, that were driving the business.
December 12, 2013 448 Reads share