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🍋 Ex-CEO Gives New CEO Advice on LinkedIn

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Ex-CEO Gives New CEO Advice on LinkedIn

LinkedIn is known for its over-the-top cringe content, where influencers regularly draw parallels between becoming engaged and B2B SaaS.

Yesterday, former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz took to LinkedIn to offer new CEO Laxman Narasimhan some advice after Starbucks disastrous earnings miss, which caused the stock to crash 17%.

Though no longer involved with Starbucks formally, Schultz emphasized his enduring love for the company, saying he believes the company will recover if it improves its U.S. stores.

Schultz, who turned Starbucks into the $80 billion company it is today, stepped down from his latest stint as CEO a little over a year ago.

His LinkedIn post included a detailed turnaround plan but more importantly some timeless wisdom for the new CEO:

“It’s not the miss that matters. It’s what comes next. What’s the diagnosis of the problem? What’s the impact on morale? And what’s the strategy to fix it?

There is a natural tendency to try to do too much too soon. Don’t try to do everything at once. Leaders must model both humility and confidence as they work to restore trust and increase performance across the organization.”

Takeaway: A year and a half ago, Schultz said that he has no plans to come back as Starbucks CEO, but it certainly looks like he is having some FOMO watching his baby and life savings in Starbucks stock nose-dive. Howard Schultz has had three tenures as Starbucks CEO and something tells us a fourth one may be on the cards if Starbucks is not able to solve its current challenges.


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Top Reads

  • Companies are having their best earnings season in nearly 2 years (YF)

  • Elon tells Buffett to buy Tesla stock (IBD)

  • Columbia University cancels its university-wise commencement ceremony (NBC)

  • Equinox launches $40,000 membership to help you live longer (CNBC)

  • SEC warns Robinhood that its crypto business faces lawsuit (YF

  • ABC News president Kim Godwin steps down (Axios)

  • Renters’ hopes of being able to buy a home have fallen to a record low (CNBC)

  • Palantir raises 2024 forecast on robust AI demand (YF)

  • Social Security now expected to run short on funds in 2035 (CNBC)

  • Starbucks needs to revamp its stores after big earnings miss (CNBC)

  • Does Sony's bid for Paramount have a private equity problem? (Axios)


Markets Rundown

Stocks closed their 3rd-straight winning day, propelled by earnings and rate cut hopes.

Movers & Shakers

  • (+) Micron Technology ($MU) +5% after the computer memory and data company was upgraded by Baird.

  • (+) Paramount ($PARA) +3% after beginning formal acquisition negotiations.

  • (–) Spirit Airlines ($SAVE) -10% after the airline posted a larger loss than expected.

Private Dealmaking

  • EQT Partners bought Perficient, a digital consultancy, for $3 billion

  • KKR bought Healthium Medtech, a medical device maker, for $839 million

  • Delphia Therapeutics, a cancer biotech, raised $67 million

  • EnviroSpark, an EV charging company, raised $50 million

  • PocketHealth, a medical records sharing startup, raised $33 million

  • Finite State, a supply chain security solutions provider, raised $20 million

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In this capstone work, Michèle Lamont unpacks the power of recognition—rendering others as visible and valued—by drawing on nearly forty years of research and new interviews with young adults and cultural icons—from Nikole Hannah Jones and Cornel West to Michael Schur and Roxane Gay.

By prioritizing material and professional success, we judge ourselves and others in terms of self-reliance, competition, and diplomas.

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