Mark Cuban Is Right: Donald Trump’s Campaign Is Hurting His Brand

Trump’s brand devaluation is already happening. “If @realDonaldTrump loses this election, im betting he personally goes bankrupt w/in 7 yrs. Thats how toxic his brand now is.” So tweeted self-made billionaire Mark Cuban yesterday. And while I take no position on the bankruptcy forecast, Cuban’s point about Trump’s brand is valid and important. Trump’s presidential…

Donald Trump Could Win: What You Need to Do to Protect Your Business

The poll numbers are still close. It’s time to prepare. Business leaders around the world think consultant and bestselling author Ram Charan is worth listening to, and with good reason. Some 40 years of advising the world’s top CEOs has given him insights few can match. This morning he shares some of what he’s telling…

What Donald Trump’s Disastrous Debate Can Teach Every Leader

A big takeaway for leaders in all sectors. Among the many questions raised by Monday’s presidential debate – Who won? Was Hillary Clinton wearing an earpiece? Why was Donald Trump sniffling? – was this one: Does rehearsing pay? Clinton reportedly rehearsed intensively, while Trump reportedly didn’t rehearse at all. The most impartial judges of the…

Why Tesla’s Next Target Is the State of Michigan

And the auto industry should be worried. In the battle between disrupters and incumbent companies, the incumbents struggle mightily and often futilely against inertia. History, culture, and employee incentives propel them toward doom, try as they might to follow a new path. But their long history and great size do give them one great advantage:…

Former Pimco CEO Mohamed el-Erian: Prepare for the Worst

Mohamed el-Erian says it’s time to prepare for the unexpected. I was listening yesterday to one of my favorite people,Mohamed el-Erian, chief economic adviser to Allianz and former CEO of Pimco, among other distinguished roles. For insight into economics and finance, plus an ability to communicate it clearly and memorably, he is hard to beat.…

Why the Exorbitant Cost of UN Meetings Is Still Worth It

Even though it’s an antique ritual. New Yorkers call this week U.N. Week, the time every September when heads of state converge on Manhattan for the U.N. General Assembly. Which raises an obvious yet rarely asked question: In the digital age, why do they bother? It’s so unnecessary. Everyone could stay home and participate in…

Critics Are Wrong: Samsung Handled Galaxy Note 7 Recall Just Fine

It took drastic steps to fix a problem that many users aren’t worried about. Did Samsung really bungle its Galaxy Note 7 recall as badly as conventional wisdom has quickly concluded? I’m not so sure. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issued its recall notice only yesterday, and the company should have coordinated its efforts…

How Tesla and Uber Are Deftly Fighting Doubters and Critics

Uber’s Travis Kalanick and Tesla’s Elon Musk are using a damn-the-torpedoes strategy. A leader is someone who goes places before others do, and it’s never easy. The world seems to furnish 100 doubters for every visionary. Yet two leaders in the same broadly defined industry, Uber’s Travis Kalanick and Tesla’s Elon Musk, are meeting the…

3 Surprising Facts from America’s Fastest Growing Companies

Some counterintuitive lessons. The first time I was told Wall Street was “over” was in 1987 after the Dow’s apocalyptic 22% one-day crash. Of course the Internet was over in 2000. So was biotech. Wall Street was over again in 2008. So was New York as a global financial capital. Investors worried that biotech was…

How the Murdochs Failed Fox News and Enabled Roger Ailes

A classic management mistake. At one level of analysis, Fox News’s handling of the Roger Ailes scandal was a textbook example of crisis management done right. Former anchor Gretchen Carlson’s suit alleging sexual harassment by the boss was like a gift to the mass media, the kind of irresistible story that would keep attracting hordes…

5 Crazy-But-Possible Election Scenarios

In 2016, these improbable outcomes must be considered. One of Sherlock Holmes’s most famous pronouncements was that “when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.” His point was that far too many of us dismiss what’s highly unlikely as impossible, when of course it isn’t – as this presidential…

Apple’s EU Fine Is a Global Political Problem

How much longer until Tim Cook and other tech giant CEOs are invited to G20 Summits? Apple is a nation by another name. As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, the U.S. Treasury had $273 billion of cash and marketable securities on hand. At the close of business on June 25, the most recent date for which…