Icons and Idiots: Straight Talk on Leadership

Icons and Idiots: Straight Talk on Leadership

by Bob Lutz


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781591846963
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/30/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 677,088
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 5.30(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Bob Lutz had a legendary 47-year career as one of the most respected "car guys" in history. He held senior leadership positions at four of the world's leading automakers--GM, Ford, Chrysler, and BMW. He was most recently the vice chairman of General Motors from 2001 to 2010, the years leading up to and through GM's bankruptcy. He is the bestselling author of Guts: 8 Laws of Business from One of the Most Innovative Business Leaders of Our Time and Car Guys vs. Bean Counters: The Battle for the Soul of American Business. 

Table of Contents

Preface 1

1 What's this guy doing as a high school teacher? Georges-André Chevallaz 5

2 United States Marine Corps: Transforming civilian "turds" into Marines In twelve not-so-easy weeks Staff Sergeant Donald Giusto 13

3 Director of Forward: Planning, GM Overseas Operations Does he know any words besides four-letter ones? Robert "Bob" Wachtler 27

4 Chairman of the Management Board, Adam Opel AG: The trouble with being a teetotaler is waking up at 8:00 A.M. and realizing that that's the best you're gonna feel all day. Ralph Maso 39

5 Chairman and CEO, BMW AG: A Prussian aristocrat with street-fighter instincts. Eberhard Von Kuenheim 53

6 Chairman and CEO, Ford Motor Company: You might not like him, but you've got to respect him. Philip Caldwell 77

7 Chairman and CEO, Ford Motor Company: The bean counter's bean counter. If it can't be quantified, I don't want to know about it. Harold A, "Red" Poling 97

8 Chairman and CEO, Chrysler Corporation: The name is an acronym for "I Am Chairman Of Chrysler Corporation, Always." Lee Iacocca 123

9 Chairman and CEO, Chrysler Corporation: What you saw wasn't what you got. Robert J. "Bob" Eaton 149

10 Chairman and CEO, Exide Technologies: "The Felon" Arthur M. Hawkins 169

11 Chairman and CEO, General Motors: Superior intelligence and human qualities don't always win. G. Richard "Rick" Wagoner 179

Epilogue 193

Acknowledgments 203

Appendix 205

Index 221

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We have all had bad bosses, but most of us don't write books about them. Bob Lutz, however, can't seem to let things go. While there are some amusing anecdotes, I could not help feeling that his purpose was to expose the weaknesses of everyone he has ever known. While this reads quickly, it is more of the author's ego trip than any revealing lesson in management.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the author's style. He tells about his working experiences and how those people affected his life, good, bad or indifferent, which made him the great business man today.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One day a man came to a house and he went down to a basement and he saw a ghost at the corner and he went away but then the door shut and the man was gone and his shoes were still there and man was calling his friends but they couldn't hear him so he was looking looking and fianly his friends saw the basement and they open the door and they saw their friend in there and friend thought they shut the door on him. THE END