Dave Gardner’s “Thank God It’s Monday” 12SEP11

“Thank God It’s Monday” is to help companies thrive!

This week’s focus: leadership

It’s easy to sit in the bleachers and criticize Carol Bartz for not having achieved more at Yahoo, but, one has to wonder if all the blame really lies at her feet.

Carol joined the company after Yahoo failed to find a path to being acquired by Microsoft.  Yahoo has never really regained its footing and continues to struggle to this day.  It has been and continues to be a rudderless ship.

There is little evidence that Carol was driving Yahoo strategy–she seemed to be more involved in day-to-day business execution.  If that appearance is correct, then the board of directors seems to be responsible for defining strategy, the same board that botched the Microsoft acquisition.

Carol Bartz seemed an odd choice for Yahoo CEO. If there is any lesson learned, a bright, competent, capable executive can be rendered ineffective if placed in the wrong role at the wrong company. Perhaps this is what kept Carol and Yahoo from thriving.

Thought for the week:

 “Men never plan to be failures; they simply fail to plan to be successful.”  – William A. Ward

What do you think? I welcome your blog comments!


Dave Gardner, Gardner & Associates Consulting


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2 Responses to Dave Gardner’s “Thank God It’s Monday” 12SEP11

  1. One of my favorite posts Dave. I never thought this situation was as the media (and Yahoo) painted it. Keep looking behind the curtain.


  2. Bill Shepard says:


    I think that your comments reflect how different the Internet business is from the Software business. The Internet is focused on very large numbers of customers with small revenue return per customer vs. software which is targeted customers who buy and renew.

    I think Yahoo would be well served to have an Internet executive take the next lap as CEO.


    Bill Shepard
    Founder/CEO at COO Forum®
    Experienced CEO who works for CEOs & Owners on Execution, Best Practices, Talent, Innovation


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