Mark Zuckerberg Makes a Power Grab at Facebook

The argument for Facebook’s governance setup is the same one in favor of benevolent dictators. After Facebook FB -0.02% announced stupendous results Wednesday – revenue up 52%, profits tripled, both measures leaping from already high bases – who would deny that CEO Mark Zuckerberg at age 31 is one of the great business leaders now…

Explaining Donald Trump’s Massive Branding Power

Campaigns are marketing, candidates are brands, and Trump is the strongest in the race. Faithful readers with long memories know that I attributed most of Donald Trump’s early success to brand power. Campaigns are marketing, candidates are brands, and Trump was – and remains – the strongest brand in either party by a mile. Viewed…

Tim Cook May Need to Confront a New Reality at Apple: Managing Decline

  Slowing growth is unavoidable for a hot company. Tim Cook has done a superb job managing the challenges of his first four-plus years as Apple’s @aapl AAPL -1.07% CEO. Now, with Tuesday’s deeply disappointing earnings report, he may need to confront a sharply different long-term challenge: managing declining expectations. Since taking over from Steve…

Three Things Good Leaders Do in Bad Times

Generating optimism is part of the CEO’s job description. Is your organization depressed yet? The people whom business leaders lead are absorbing an onslaught of downbeat messages, and that’s a problem. Consider: The latest earnings reports are revealing the steepest drops since the recession. Many analysts assert that stocks are overpriced, pointing out correctly that…

What You Need to Know About Donald Trump

A reading list for understanding Trump and for gauging what’s likely to happen at the convention. Everyone in the world of politics and everyone interested in it spent Wednesday absorbing a new reality: Donald Trump, after his powerful victory in New York, is now far likelier to be the Republican nominee than he had been…

Here’s Why Netflix Is A Lot Stronger Than it Looks Right Now

Reed Hastings sees a future that others find difficult to grasp and he has pushed toward it. Netflix NFLX -13.01% reported earnings after the close on Monday, and the stock immediately dropped 8% in after-hours trading. So why do I argue that CEO Reed Hastings is leading this company brilliantly? Because he sees a future…

How Jamie Dimon Defies Conventional CEO Wisdom

Dimon’s letter to shareholders leaves no doubts about where he stands or why. Many business leaders – especially in industries that stir strong feelings – still believe their best strategy is to keep their heads down. Avoid being noticed if possible. But that’s not leadership, as we’re reminded by J.P. Morgan Chase JPM 0.73% CEO…

Panama Papers: Why None of Us Should Be Surprised

In a digital world, keeping secrets is far harder than it used to be. The beginning of the fallout from the Panama Papers is certainly dramatic, but everyone, especially leaders, must get used to such revelations. Even the release of 11.6 million private documents is only the continuation of a trend that will keep intensifying.…

Starwood Hotels Lost its Chinese Suitor. Now It’s Marriott’s Challenge

Linkedin Share icons Investors fear that Marriott is paying too much for Starwood. The fight for Starwood HOT 1.02% is apparently over, but the story of what happened has yet to be told. We’ve been following this saga since Wu Xiaohui, CEO of China’s mysterious Anbang Insurance Group, disrupted a friendly deal for Marriott International…