Tag: Leadership

Now Is The Time To Be Aggressive

Now Is The Time To Be Aggressive

Technology companies with healthy balance sheets should accelerate Product Development efforts. The COVID crisis does not have to entirely be about protecting operating income. Many technology companies threw out guidance during the March quarter. Therefore why be overly sensitive about protecting operating income and earnings? Why not accelerate Product Development efforts if doing so will … Continue reading Now Is The Time To Be Aggressive

Leaders Create Opportunities

Leaders Create Opportunities

Effective leaders whether they be hired CEOs, entrepreneurs, school teachers or physicians create opportunities through action. Elon Musk did just that this week. We don't often side with Mr. Musk but have been in lockstep with him during this COVID period. Mr. Musk, Tesla (tkr: TSLA), co-founder and CEO recently reopened Tesla's Fremont, CA manufacturing … Continue reading Leaders Create Opportunities

A Common Sense Approach to Crisis Management. Leveraging A 6-Step Plan.

A Common Sense Approach to Crisis Management. Leveraging A 6-Step Plan.

During a crisis (bookings down by as much as 80% for some Enterprise Technology companies), leaders act with imperfect information. A reactionary approach is never the optimal approach. We offer a 6-step plan. Vilfredo Pareto was an Italian engineer, sociologist, economist, political scientist, and philosopher. The "Pareto principle" - better known as the 80/20 rule … Continue reading A Common Sense Approach to Crisis Management. Leveraging A 6-Step Plan.

Defining A Winning Culture

Defining A Winning Culture

A Winning Culture Doesn't Happen by Accident "Culture" is a word of the moment that has been spoken ad nauseam, primarily by sports and business media. Sports journalists heavily used the word during the recent NFL coaching carousel. What these journalists failed to mention is that "culture" in the context of an organization is not … Continue reading Defining A Winning Culture

Decentralized Operating Models Will Always Win the Day Over Centralized Counterparts

Decentralized Operating Models Will Always Win the Day Over Centralized Counterparts

Yesterday Expedia (ticker: EXPE) announced that its CEO and CFO had resigned effective immediately. The reason? A disagreement in strategy with Chairman Barry Diller. Expedia's former CEO and CFO had pursued a corporate reorganization to "streamline operations" to "drive innovation at scale." Our observation - certainly insofar as the Technology industry is concerned - is … Continue reading Decentralized Operating Models Will Always Win the Day Over Centralized Counterparts

CEOs – The Most Undervalued Investment Variable

CEOs – The Most Undervalued Investment Variable

We are sometimes critical of CEO compensation packages, yet we are first to admit that CEOs have an outsized influence on the future prospects of companies large and small. This is particularly true of fast-moving industries such as technology where having the correct CEO in place may mean catching the latest technology wave - cloud, … Continue reading CEOs – The Most Undervalued Investment Variable

Three Essential Leadership Qualities<span class="badge-status" style="background:red">Premium</span> 

Three Essential Leadership QualitiesPremium 

The three Leadership qualities that matter most (CEO or otherwise): 1.) Have a Point-of-View: It is essential to have a point-of-view. Right or wrong time will tell. For example, if a Board of Directors is looking to fill a CEO role, a CEO candidate ought to have a point-of-view in terms of a broad strategy … Continue reading Three Essential Leadership QualitiesPremium 

The Road Less Traveled: Opportunity Cost and Shareholder Activism<span class="badge-status" style="background:red">Premium</span> 

The Road Less Traveled: Opportunity Cost and Shareholder ActivismPremium 

Opportunity Cost for Active Managers Is High Institutional investors typically contemplate opportunity cost within the context of portfolio returns, individual stock returns and┬áROIC. What however is the opportunity cost associated with pursuing a broken business model versus correcting course?┬áThe capital markets are filled with smart people and smart machines. It is more difficult than ever … Continue reading The Road Less Traveled: Opportunity Cost and Shareholder ActivismPremium