Les McKeown's Predictable Success Blog
Unfortunately, Mr Whitacre is doomed to failure. Why? Because GM isn’t in Treadmill – it’s deeply, deeply in The Big Rut.
The article intimates that Mr Whitacre’s non-‘corporate’ style – wearing jeans, popping up in cafeteria’s, giving colleagues a lift to work, looking people in the eye, canceling pointless meetings – will turn GM around. I’d love it to be true, but no one manager’s personal style (not even if it’s the CEO) will turn around an organization as big as GM and as deeply in The Big Rut.
When (and if) articles begin to appear about wholesale middle and upper management changes (meaning hundreds of people, not the handful that have been re-organized so far), then, and only then, might there be a glimmer of hope for GM.
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