Tag Archive for: General Motors

14
Jan

One thing I am grateful for in gaining my work experience is my co-op education through General Motors when I was an undergrad. GM was used to hosting co-op students through General Motors Institute (GMI), which is now Kettering University. I don’t think Oldsmobile was prepared for the liberal arts co-op students from Albion College, […]

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30
Sep

GM and the UAW reached a new labor contract that provides greater profit sharing for employees and greater flexibility for the company should sales decline: DETROIT—General Motors Co. Chief Executive Dan Akerson said a new labor contract with the United Auto Workers union will allow the company to be profitable in North America even if auto sales […]

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12
Apr

As many of you read in our first book about Bob Lintz and the transformational change he led at GM’s Parma Stamping Plant in the ’80s and ’90s near Cleveland, Ohio, I thought you’d be interested in some recent news about Parma, in which GM will be invested $60 million dollars as part of the plant’s […]

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20
May

We take trust for granted, thinking it is some nice soft thing that makes our lives happy.  As managers, we want to know why trust makes such a difference that we should actually spend time building it and actually care about it. Well, here are some examples from the leaders we profile in our book… […]

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29
Apr

The title of the article from Brand Channel says its all:  GM Loses  Trust After Payback Claim. GM executives are being rightly scored – from Capitol Hill to Madison Avenue – for public statements and a new advertising campaign, both featuring CEO Ed Whitacre, that imply the company has repaid its obligation to the U.S. […]

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19
Nov

Update 11-19-09: Here’s a review of the driving experience of the Chevy Volt from the New York Times: Unlike many electrics, including the Tesla Roadster, the Volt’s electric drive has no whine. The car feels solid and planted on the road. Clicking the Sport button on the dashboard releases a bit more oomph than when […]

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13
Sep

When I read in USA Today about GM’s money-back guarantee, I was surprised that so many experts were against it.  Looking at it from the ROCC of Trust, it means that GM believes their cars to be reliable enough that they are willing to stand behind it with such a generous guarantee–if we don’t like […]

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4
May

This from today’s Wall Street Journal: General Motors Corp. confirmed Wednesday it will force salaried workers to take up to three months off each year with partial pay as part of an effort to reduce costs during its expected summer shutdown of its car-making plants. The program, called Salaried Downtime Paid Absence Policy, states that […]

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27
Jan

Even though we believe that layoffs should be used as a last resort, and have the published research to support it, there do come times when it’s necessary to lay off employees.  That’s why it was good to see Simon Constable in the Wall Street Journal recently recommend several ways in which to do it […]

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