Leveling Mt. Stupid

General Motors continues to have problems–the kinds of problems going through a bankruptcy instead of being bailed-out might well have corrected.  GM’s stock has fallen to below the post bankruptcy initial public offering price primarily because the entrenched behaviors, bad habits, unclear responsibilities, and lack of accountability pull it inexorably down, the same way they did in the past.  GM’s CEO Mary Barra, in a Wall Street Journal article last week, clearly stated that things must change, and people need to be enthused about making it happen, instead of feeling like they’ve spent another day climbing “Mt. Stupid.”  Changing a company’s culture and management–and that’s really what I’m talking about here–begins at the top with a clear image of what the company needs to accomplish, the behaviors required to achieve it, and a management team dedicated to making it happen.

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