Declining confidence in Apple
It wasn't too long ago that Apple was #1 in market cap in the world. Several months after Steve Jobs' death, his company was flying higher than ever. But its stock has been declining steadily, and its competitive grip is loosening.
Reference: Google's Five-Front Assault on Apple.
|Apple's first logo features Sir Isaac Newton sitting under the apple tree, where he supposedly discovered gravity, when an apple fell on his head|
Reinventing IBM for the future
This video is just a 8-minute trailer to entire IBM Think Forum in Japan (2012), and it's chock full of key insights. For example, Chairman Sam Palmisano says, "The first job of a leader is enable the organization succeed without him or her." This is one hallmark of a great leader, as Jim Collins found in his research, that is, one who engenders long-term, sustainable success for a company, long after he or she has left. This is just one gem in this trailer. Please feel free to watch the whole playlist, as if you were attending the Forum itself.
Marketing RIM to a turnaround
This is a question mark. Frank Boulben, new CMO at RIM, is plugged-in (i.e., knows his stuff), steely in his demeanor, and clearly confident about turning around a failing brand. All well and good, but marketing wasn't the core issue with BlackBerry. It was delivery (delays) and operations (blackouts), plus leadership and innovation issues. I used a BB before, and I'm using an iPhone now. Honestly I loved the feel and functionality of my BB, but the foregoing problems steered me away.
Ascending at Warner Bros.
Kevin Tsujihara is tapped to be the next CEO of Warner Bros. He is viewed as having a humble, unifying leadership style, which will be of critical need, as he and two colleagues vied fiercely for the top post.
Reference: Kevin Tsujihara is named CEO of Warner Bros.
Partnering with Goldman Sachs
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Ron Villejo, PhD