Leadership

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Disney is struggling with its CEO succession. What a joke

Last week Disney announced that its 66 year old CEO, Bob Iger, will stay in his position through at least July 2019.  Why is this such a big deal? Because Disney is struggling to find Mr. Iger’s successor. Mr. Iger’s heir apparent, Thomas Staggs, left Disney last May. Frankly, I think this is a joke. I
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The SpaceX explosion doesn't prove that Elon Musk is overloaded

A SpaceX rocket exploded on Thursday morning, while it was being fueled. The rocket was supposed to carry a satellite that would help Facebook provide Internet connections in Africa. Both the rocket and satellite were destroyed. Later in the day, Time magazine ran an article titled “What SpaceX’s Rocket Explosion Means for Elon Musk”. Here’s
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Malcolm Gladwell, Revisionist History, and celebrity CEOs

Malcolm Gladwell has a new podcast called Revisionist History. Gladwell describes the podcast as an opportunity to discuss topics that have either been overlooked or misunderstood. Revisionist History consists of 10 episodes, the last of which was released last week. I just finished the sixth episode, which Gladwell dedicated to educational philanthropy. Strong link versus
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An executive's preposterous statement on Microsoft's mobile failure

I found a truly fascinating quote in an article from The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday. The quote is from Terry Myerson, executive vice president of Microsoft’s Windows and Devices Group. Here it is: “When I look back on our journey in mobility, we’ve done hard work and had great ideas, but haven’t always had
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Reorgs are common for a reason. They're difficult to get right

Corporate reorganizations are a fact of life. Reorganizations come around for many different reasons: A turbulent market A new leadership team A changing strategy A revamped Wall Street narrative I heard a funny quote about corporate reorganizations once. “If you don’t like the reorganization, don’t worry. Just wait 18 months for the next one.” Sounds
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“A new kind of globalization wrapped around a new industrialization.” What?!

I recently read a Bloomberg article about Jeff Immelt’s leadership of GE. The article has an embedded video, showing a brief Q&A-style discussion. Tom Keene was one of the interviewers, and here’s one of his questions, with my emphasis added: A lot of people will talk about Immelt as executive of the year last year,
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