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Car Guys vs Bean Counters

Car Guys vs  Bean Counters Author Bob Lutz
ISBN-10 110151602X
Release 2011-06-09
Pages 272
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A legend in the car industry reveals the philosophy that's starting to turn General Motors around. In 2001, General Motors hired Bob Lutz out of retirement with a mandate to save the company by making great cars again. He launched a war against penny pinching, office politics, turf wars, and risk avoidance. After declaring bankruptcy during the recession of 2008, GM is back on track thanks to its embrace of Lutz's philosophy. When Lutz got into the auto business in the early sixties, CEOs knew that if you captured the public's imagination with great cars, the money would follow. The car guys held sway, and GM dominated with bold, creative leadership and iconic brands like Cadillac, Buick, Pontiac, Oldsmobile, GMC, and Chevrolet. But then GM's leadership began to put their faith in analysis, determined to eliminate the "waste" and "personality worship" of the bygone creative leaders. Management got too smart for its own good. With the bean counters firmly in charge, carmakers (and much of American industry) lost their single-minded focus on product excellence. Decline followed. Lutz's commonsense lessons (with a generous helping of fascinating anecdotes) will inspire readers at any company facing the bean counter analysis-paralysis menace. From the Hardcover edition.



Car Guys Vs Bean Counters

Car Guys Vs  Bean Counters Author Bob Lutz
ISBN-10 1591844002
Release 2011-06-09
Pages 241
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A forefront car industry leader describes how he was pulled out of retirement to turn around a bankrupt General Motors in 2008, recounting how he transitioned the company away from office politics and penny pinching. 35,000 first printing.



Icons and Idiots

Icons and Idiots Author Bob Lutz
ISBN-10 9781591846963
Release 2014-09-30
Pages 228
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"The former vice chairman of General Motors and author of Car Guys vs. Bean Counters profiles the positive and negative leaders who made the strongest impression on him throughout his extensive career, sharing illuminating anecdotes that provide today's managers with leadership examples to emulate or avoid."



Guts

Guts Author Robert A. Lutz
ISBN-10 0471470988
Release 2003-11-24
Pages 256
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"Read it for no other reason than to learn Bob's Seven Immutable Laws of Business. . . . This is vintage Bob-contrarian, thoughtful, and he's really fun to read." —Forbes In this edition of Bob Lutz's bestselling account of the business philosophy with which he revolutionized Chrysler and much of the automotive industry, Lutz reveals his unique brand of creative management. Readers will learn many lessons herein, including why the key to success in any business is maintaining a positive tension between the creative minds and the buttoned-up financial minds, and how to attract, motivate, and strategically deploy each type throughout an organization. This book features a new introduction and an epilogue in which Lutz introduces an eighth law that helps today's business leaders put his famed Seven Immutable Laws of Business into sharper perspective. Robert A. Lutz (Scarsdale, NY) is General Motor's Vice Chairman of Product Development and Chairman of GM North America.



American Icon

American Icon Author Bryce G. Hoffman
ISBN-10 9780307886057
Release 2012
Pages 422
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A behind-the-scenes account of the near-collapse of Ford in 2008 outlines the hard-fought effort of CEO Alan Mulally to save the company without accepting federal bailout money, describing how Ford transformed in the subsequent two years into the world's most profitable automobile business.



Once Upon a Car

Once Upon a Car Author Bill Vlasic
ISBN-10 9780062042224
Release 2011-10-04
Pages 416
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Once Upon a Car is the fascinating epic story of the rise, fall, and rebirth of the Big Three U.S. automakers, General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler. Written by Bill Vlasic, the Detroit bureau chief for the New York Times and acclaimed author of Taken for a Ride, this eye-opening, richly anecdotal work is more than a riveting and insightful business history. It offers a clear-eyed view of the present day automobile industry and of Detroit, the city that spawned it, going far beyond the corporate and federal maneuverings to explore the impact the car companies’ failures have had on the overall economy, and more importantly what they have done to people’s lives. Relevant and thought-provoking, Once Upon a Car is an unforgettable journey deep inside this quintessentially American industry.



Crash Course

Crash Course Author Paul Ingrassia
ISBN-10 9780812980752
Release 2011-01
Pages 306
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With an updated Afterword by the author This is the epic saga of the American automobile industry’s rise and demise, a compelling story of hubris, missed opportunities, and self-inflicted wounds that culminates with the president of the United States ushering two of Detroit’s Big Three car companies—once proud symbols of prosperity—through bankruptcy. With unprecedented access, Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Ingrassia takes us from factory floors to small-town dealerships to Detroit’s boardrooms to the White House. Ingrassia answers the big questions: Was Detroit’s self-destruction inevitable? What were the key turning points? Why did Japanese automakers manage American workers better than the American companies themselves did? Complete with a new Afterword providing fresh insights into the continuing upheaval in the auto industry—the travails of Toyota, the revolving-door management and IPO at General Motors, the unexpected progress at Chrysler, and the Obama administration’s stake in Detroit’s recovery—Crash Courseaddresses a critical question: America bailed out GM, but who will bail out America?



A Savage Factory

A Savage Factory Author Robert J. Dewar
ISBN-10 9781438952949
Release 2009
Pages 227
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A Savage Factory has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from A Savage Factory also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full A Savage Factory book for free.



Where Have All the Leaders Gone

Where Have All the Leaders Gone Author Lee Iacocca
ISBN-10 9781847396075
Release 2008-09-04
Pages 288
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In his trademark straight-talking style, legendary auto executive Lee Iacocca speaks his mind on the most pressing issues facing America today: the shortage of responsible leaders in the business world and in government; the nation's damaged relations with its longtime allies; the challenges presented by the emergence of China and India on the world's economic stage; the decline of the American car business; and the state of the American family. Iacocca shares the lessons he's learned from a lifetime of hard work and adventure, of spectacular successes and stunning defeats, of integrity and grace and good old-fashioned American optimism.



Broken Windows Broken Business

Broken Windows  Broken Business Author Michael Levine
ISBN-10 9780446535588
Release 2007-10-15
Pages 192
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Once every few years a book comes along with an insight so penetrating, so powerful - and so simply, demonstrably true -that it instantly changes the way we think and do business. Such a book is Broken Windows, Broken Business, a breakthrough in management theory that can alter the destiny of countless companies striving to stay ahead of their competition. "In this vital work, author Michael Levine offers compelling evidence that problems in business, large and small, typically stem from inattention to tiny details. Social psychologists and criminologists agree that if a window in a building is broken and left unrepaired, soon thereafter the rest of the windows will be broken - and the perception will build that crime in that neighborhood is out of control. The same principle applies to business." "Drawing on real-world corporate examples, from JetBlue's decision to give fliers what they really want - leather seats, personal televisions, online ticketing - to Google's customer-based strategy for breaking out of the pack of Internet search engines, to business-to-business firms' successes and failures, Levine proves again and again how constant vigilance and an obsession with detail can make or break a business or a brand." "With tips and advice on changing any business to one that dots its i's, crosses its t's, and attracts more clients, Broken Windows, Broken Business goes straight to the heart of what makes all enterprises successful - the little things that mean a lot."--BOOK JACKET.



Taken for a Ride

Taken for a Ride Author Bill Vlasic
ISBN-10 9780061877803
Release 2009-10-13
Pages 432
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Here is the book that exposed the Daimler-Chrysler "merger of equals" as a bold German takeover of an industrial icon. Taken for a Ride reveals the shock waves felt around the world when Daimler-Benz bought Chrysler for $36 billion in 1998. In a gripping narrative, Bill Vlasic and Bradley A. Stertz go behind the scenes of the defining corporate drama of the decade -- and in a new epilogue chart its chaotic aftermath.



Engines of Change

Engines of Change Author Paul Ingrassia
ISBN-10 9781451640656
Release 2012-05-01
Pages 416
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A narrative like no other: a cultural history that explores how cars have both propelled and reflected the American experience— from the Model T to the Prius. From the assembly lines of Henry Ford to the open roads of Route 66, from the lore of Jack Kerouac to the sex appeal of the Hot Rod, America’s history is a vehicular history—an idea brought brilliantly to life in this major work by Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Paul Ingrassia. Ingrassia offers a wondrous epic in fifteen automobiles, including the Corvette, the Beetle, and the Chevy Corvair, as well as the personalities and tales behind them: Robert McNamara’s unlikely role in Lee Iacocca’s Mustang, John Z. DeLorean’s Pontiac GTO , Henry Ford’s Model T, as well as Honda’s Accord, the BMW 3 Series, and the Jeep, among others. Through these cars and these characters, Ingrassia shows how the car has expressed the particularly American tension between the lure of freedom and the obligations of utility. He also takes us through the rise of American manufacturing, the suburbanization of the country, the birth of the hippie and the yuppie, the emancipation of women, and many more fateful episodes and eras, including the car’s unintended consequences: trial lawyers, energy crises, and urban sprawl. Narrative history of the highest caliber, Engines of Change is an entirely edifying new way to look at the American story.



Overhaul

Overhaul Author Steven Rattner
ISBN-10 9780547504568
Release 2010-09-13
Pages 352
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A uniquely informed investigative account of one of the biggest financial crises of President Obama’s early administration During his first year in office, President Obama faced the possibility of more than a million lost jobs as GM and Chrysler headed for financial ruin. He joined forces with Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and economic advisor Larry Summers in a historic government intervention to keep these two auto-industry giants afloat, working against a ticking clock and fielding vocal opposition from free market champions along the way. It's from this vantage point that former New York Times financial journalist Steven Rattner witnesses a new administration's grace under pressure in the face of gross corporate mismanagement—a scenario rich in hard-earned lessons for managers and executives in any industry.



The Great A P and the Struggle for Small Business in America

The Great A P and the Struggle for Small Business in America Author Marc Levinson
ISBN-10 9781429969024
Release 2011-08-30
Pages 384
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One of The Wall Street Journal's Best Non fiction Books of 2011. From modest beginnings as a tea shop in New York, the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company became the largest retailer in the world. It was a juggernaut, the first retailer to sell $1 billion in goods, the owner of nearly sixteen thousand stores and dozens of factories and warehouses. But its explosive growth made it a mortal threat to hundreds of thousands of mom-and-pop grocery stores. Main Street fought back tooth and nail, enlisting the state and federal governments to stop price discounting, tax chain stores, and require manufacturers to sell to mom and pop at the same prices granted to giant retailers. In a remarkable court case, the federal government pressed criminal charges against the Great A&P for selling food too cheaply-and won. The Great A&P and the Struggle for Small Business in America is the story of a stunningly successful company that forever changed how Americans shop and what Americans eat. It is a brilliant business history, the story of how George and John Hartford took over their father's business and reshaped it again and again, turning it into a vertically integrated behemoth that paved the way for every big-box retailer to come. George demanded a rock-solid balance sheet; John was the marketer-entrepreneur who led A&P through seven decades of rapid changes. Together, they built the modern consumer economy by turning the archaic retail industry into a highly efficient system for distributing food at low cost.



The Confident Leader How the Most Successful People Go From Effective to Exceptional

The Confident Leader  How the Most Successful People Go From Effective to Exceptional Author Larina Kase
ISBN-10 9780071641685
Release 2008-09-07
Pages 256
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"This groundbreaking book will become a classic. I'll be recommending it to all of my readers.” -Kevin Hogan, author of The Psychology of Persuasion New York Times bestselling author Larina Kase explains how to accomplish the things you think you can't, but really wish you could . . . Many people who want to advance in their career or business are faced with an innate fear of change--even positive change that could move them forward. Using cutting-edge research to help readers become true leaders in their fields, Larina Kase provides strategies to help readers move out of their comfort zones and better distinguish the positive decisions and actions that will dramatically propel their success. She includes interviews with top business thinkers such as Seth Godin, Joe Vitale, Annie McKee, and Tim Sanders. Apply the lessons in this book to: Discover why you don’t do what you need to do Empower yourself and others to stay motivated Transform fear of change into a positive driver for success Face uncomfortable situations with grace and poise “Imagine what you could accomplish with the confidence of the world’s top leaders . . . Read this book for a step-by-step plan to make it happen.” —Dr. Joe Vitale, author of The Key “The success of coaches, clients, and self-help aficionados, in particular, will dramatically increase after putting Larina’s powerful wisdom to work.” —Marilee Adams, Ph.D., author of Change Your Questions, Change Your Life



Behind the Wheel at Chrysler

Behind the Wheel at Chrysler Author Doron P. Levin
ISBN-10 0156004747
Release 1996
Pages 368
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A Detroit Free Press reporter demythologizes Lee Iacocca’s leadership of Chrysler, demonstrating how salesmanship and self-promotion invariably trumped innovation and investment. “Everyone who cares about american industry should read [this book]” (New York Times Book Review). Index.



Heart Smarts Guts and Luck

Heart  Smarts  Guts  and Luck Author Anthony K. Tjan
ISBN-10 9781422161944
Release 2012
Pages 236
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Examines the traits that define most people who achieve success, heart, smarts, guts, and luck, and helps readers to determine which traits they possess.