General Mayhem

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Did you ever wonder how a person becomes a corporate executive, or why some corporations are successful and others fail?

General Mayhem traces the life of a child raised in a dysfunctional home to an executive position in the nations number one auto maker. Bill Hempel's touching memoir illustrates how extended family, teachers, and coaches can impact a child in the formative years and overcome parental shortcomings. As he rose through the corporate ranks, Bill was influenced by ...

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Overview

Did you ever wonder how a person becomes a corporate executive, or why some corporations are successful and others fail?

General Mayhem traces the life of a child raised in a dysfunctional home to an executive position in the nations number one auto maker. Bill Hempel's touching memoir illustrates how extended family, teachers, and coaches can impact a child in the formative years and overcome parental shortcomings. As he rose through the corporate ranks, Bill was influenced by the greedy and corrupt marriage between management and unions that created a good old boy culture of self indulgence that eventually led to bankruptcy. While corporate failure is indeed a serious subject, the book is laced with humorous anecdotes from real life in corporate US as well as in Mexico.

General Mayhem is both entertaining and informative. Reading the book is like living in an oxymoron. The anecdotes are both humorous and tragic and while based on fact, seem unbelievable. Never before has an insider spoke out about the faulty process for selecting executives, lack of business focus, and confusion that existed from continual reorganization. After a thirty-seven year career within both the automotive and component parts divisions, both in the United States and internationally; Bill has decided to share his view from the inside with the world.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781621478355
  • Publisher: Tate Publishing & Enterprises, L.L.C.
  • Publication date: 12/4/2012
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 9

Chapter 1 The Formative Years 11

Chapter 2 General Motors Culture, Lesson Owe 69

Chapter 3 Accepted at General Motors Institute 75

Chapter 4 Building a Reputation 87

Chapter 5 Good-bye, Foundry-Hello, Reliability Management 109

Chapter 6 The Eldorado Fiasco 145

Chapter 7 An Orientation to Unions 157

Chapter 8 A Move to Upper Management 175

Chapter 9 Hola, Mexico 187

Chapter 10 Horror In the Mexican Surf 215

Chapter 11 A Sorrowful Repatriation 225

Chapter 12 Reorganize and Paralyze 245

Chapter 13 The Lopez Era 251

Chapter 14 The Road to Bankruptcy 259

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2013

    This book General Mayhem is certainly the truth from Bill's visi

    This book General Mayhem is certainly the truth from Bill's vision of General Motors. It is very accurate.
    I worked for Mr. Bill Hempel while he was superintendant of Cadillac East Assembly in the late 70's thru the early 80's and let me tell you he nailed the truth about many,many topics at Cadillac Motor Car Division and throughout General Motors.
    This book is written in such a way that even if you have never seen the inside of an auto factory,this book will give you a clear insight and understanding of "The Games People Play" while working for one of the largest companies in the world.
    Quoting Bill from his last chapter,"General Motors was very good to me.."
    I can say the same from my point of view.
    James H.Stewart,Jr.
    Cadillac Motor Car (1976-2008)

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