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Michael Maccoby

Michael Maccoby is an anthropologist and psychoanalyst globally recognized as an expert on leadership. He is the author of The Leaders We Need, And What Makes Us Follow.

Change the Culture

Of course, the three CEOs would have been more appealing if they had been less arrogant and more penitent the first time they came to Congress. They got the message the second time and played the leadership role well.

But the question we should be asking is whether even with loans, union concessions and turnaround plans, these companies can become competitive with Toyota and Honda. So far, they have not presented a convincing plan.

In his Dec. 8 cover story in Fortune, "GM And Me," Alex Taylor writes:

Over the years the company has tried to reform itself any number of times, but it has been doomed by what made it once successful: doing it the GM way. Ask Rick Wagoner why GM isn't more like Toyota, and he'd tell you, "We're playing our own game-- taking advantage of our unique heritage and strengths," Turns out GM should have forgotten that and become more like Toyota.

But it is extremely difficult to change the culture of a large company. It took IBM about 10 years, with exceptional leadership from Lou Gerstner and Sam Palmisano, to make the company customer focused and collaborative. I don't see how GM can survive without that kind of transformational leadership.

By Michael Maccoby

 |  December 8, 2008; 3:40 PM ET
Category:  Economic crisis Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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No, they should have used an amalgamation of both organizations. 'Terminal uniqueness' is something often addressed in both Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings and for a good reason -- right !!!

THAT SAID, WHY I'D LOVE TO BE THE NEW CAR CZAR, OR EVEN THE USED CAR CZAR.

I FIND THAT LAWYERS MAKE EXCELLENT CAR CZARS AND I HAVE BOTH DOMESTIC & FOREIGN CAR EXPERIENCE, NAMELY, FORD AND GM ON THE DOMESTIC SIDE AND HONDA AND TOYOTA ON THE FOREIGN SIDE

AND I KNOW CHINESE

为什么I' 是D的爱新的汽车沙皇,甚至半新车沙皇。 我发现律师做优秀汽车沙皇和我有两国内& 外国汽车经验,即,在外国边的国内边的福特和GM和本田和丰田

AND JAPANESE TOO.

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Posted by: brucerealtor@gmail.com | December 10, 2008 3:59 AM
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One of you guys gets it! I am not the only one. Thank goodness - the other writers on this page depress me - they know less about what makes a business tick than the average man on the street.

Posted by: Jack | December 9, 2008 11:03 AM
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