Yahoo: An exit presages the end

Sep 9, 2011

Well, as I predicted in July 2009, Carol Bartz couldn’t stop Yahoo’s slide into The Big Rut.Now Yahoo has done what any self-respecting Big Rut organization would do – thrown out the last remaining Visionary.

Neither party – Yahoo’s board or Ms Bartz – emerged with much dignity from the exit process, but that’s the least of the Yahoo shareholders’ worries.

As I explain in Chapter 7 of “Predictable Success: Getting Your Organization On the Growth Track – and Keeping It There“, companies don’t get out of The Big Rut – there’s no going back to Predictable Success from there.

And as I forecast in my next book, “The Synergist: Leading Your Team to Predictable Success“, watch for Yahoo turning to a Processor as a replacement for the Visionary Ms Bartz (their interim choice? The CFO, Tim Morse. A Processor, you think?).

Next up for Yahoo: Breakup and sale.