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Lt. Col. Todd Henshaw (Ret.)

Lt. Col. Todd Henshaw (Ret.)

Todd Henshaw, a professor at Columbia University, is Academic Director of Wharton Executive Education. Previously, he directed the leadership program at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Beheading Is No Cure

I'm afraid in this particular case, removing the "head" will not cure the patient. At GM, the disease has unfortunately spread throughout the organs and the entire body. For so many years, the largest auto maker has retained a defensive posture, avoiding rather than embracing change. It is unfortunately in the corporate DNA.

Removing Wagner sends a clear signal, but a deeper incision is necessary to change the culture. It's time for an industry outsider to bring sweeping changes to this failed industry. Promoting from within, or leaving the bulk of the leadership behind sows the seeds for future obstruction and delay. It's time to clean house, and bring in an entirely new team who can bring a fresh perspective on the industry to GM.

By Lt. Col. Todd Henshaw (Ret.)

 |  April 1, 2009; 10:15 AM ET
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