Icons and Idiots

Icons and Idiots Author Bob Lutz
ISBN-10 9781101608081
Release 2013-06-04
Pages 240
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When Bob Lutz retired from General Motors in 2010, after an unparalleled forty-seven-year career in the auto industry, he was one of the most respected leaders in American business. He had survived all kinds of managers over those decades: tough and timid, analytical and irrational, charismatic and antisocial, and some who seemed to shift frequently among all those traits. His experiences made him an expert on leadership, every bit as much as he was an expert on cars and trucks. Now Lutz is revealing the leaders-good, bad, and ugly-who made the strongest impression on him throughout his career. Icons and Idiots is a collection of shocking and often hilarious true stories and the lessons Lutz drew from them. From enduring the sadism of a Marine Corps drill instructor, to working with a washed-up alcoholic, to taking over the reins from a convicted felon, he reflects on the complexities of all-too-human leaders. No textbook or business school course can fully capture their idiosyncrasies, foibles and weaknesses - which can make or break companies in the real world. Lutz shows that we can learn just as much from the most stubborn, stupid, and corrupt leaders as we can from the inspiring geniuses. The result is a powerful and entertaining guide for any aspiring leader.



Icons and Idiots

Icons and Idiots Author Bob Lutz
ISBN-10 1591846048
Release 2013
Pages 227
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The former vice chairman of General Motors profiles the leaders who made the strongest impression on him throughout his extensive career, sharing anecdotes that provide managers with leadership examples to emulate or avoid.



American Icon

American Icon Author Bryce G. Hoffman
ISBN-10 9780307886071
Release 2012-03-13
Pages 432
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The inside story of the eipc turnaround of Ford Motor Company under the leadership of CEO Alan Mulally. At the end of 2008, Ford Motor Company was just months away from running out of cash. With the auto industry careening toward ruin, Congress offered all three Detroit automakers a bailout. General Motors and Chrysler grabbed the taxpayer lifeline, but Ford decided to save itself. Under the leadership of charismatic CEO Alan Mulally, Ford had already put together a bold plan to unify its divided global operations, transform its lackluster product lineup, and overcome a dys­functional culture of infighting, backstabbing, and excuses. It was an extraordinary risk, but it was the only way the Ford family—America’s last great industrial dynasty—could hold on to their company. Mulally and his team pulled off one of the great­est comebacks in business history. As the rest of Detroit collapsed, Ford went from the brink of bankruptcy to being the most profitable automaker in the world. American Icon is the compelling, behind-the-scenes account of that epic turnaround. In one of the great management narratives of our time, Hoffman puts the reader inside the boardroom as Mulally uses his celebrated Business Plan Review meet­ings to drive change and force Ford to deal with the painful realities of the American auto industry. Hoffman was granted unprecedented access to Ford’s top executives and top-secret company documents. He spent countless hours with Alan Mulally, Bill Ford, the Ford family, former executives, labor leaders, and company directors. In the bestselling tradition of Too Big to Fail and The Big Short, American Icon is narrative nonfiction at its vivid and colorful best.



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.



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.



Useful Idiots

Useful Idiots Author Mona Charen
ISBN-10 0895261391
Release 2003-01-01
Pages 284
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The author attacks American liberals as naive and disengenuous in their dealings with the world, accusing them of rewriting history to portray themselves as "Cold Warriors" along with conservatives.



What Did Jesus Drive Crisis PR in Cars Computers and Christianity

What Did Jesus Drive  Crisis  PR in Cars  Computers and Christianity Author Jason Vines
ISBN-10 9781942748113
Release 2015-07-04
Pages 298
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What Did Jesus Drive, Is mostly about crises in the car industry, but then it's so much bigger! It's about being on the front-line of one crisis after another, offering incredible insight in what to do and not do when the "you know what" hits the fan. It's not theory; it's real. Vines' brutal frankness and lessons learned in the book are both shocking and refreshing, and often times hilarious. Vines' points out, if vaunted enterprises like Toyota and BP can get caught off guard, any organization can. What Did Jesus Drive? is a breathtaking wake-up call and a wild ride. Buckle up. This book is the first "tell-all" of its kind!



The Complete Idiot s Guide to Mac OS X

The Complete Idiot s Guide to Mac OS X Author Kate Binder
ISBN-10 0789725282
Release 2001
Pages 365
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A guide to Mac computing essentials showcases the updated features of OS X, covering installationg, integration, applications, networking, and troubleshooting.



The Complete Idiot s Guide to Hawaii

The Complete Idiot s Guide to Hawaii Author Corey Sandler
ISBN-10 9781440626098
Release 2007-10-02
Pages 432
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An indispensable resource for the perfect island getaway. This reader-friendly guide to the beauty and wonder of the nation's 50th state features everything you need to know before visiting Oahu, Maui, the Big Island, Kauai, Molokai, and Lana'i. Includes one-island and multiple-island itineraries, as well as ultimate itineraries for singles, families, couples looking for a romantic getaway, adventure seekers, and luxury lovers. -Special visual icons indicating hotels, restaurants, and sights that can't be missed-as well as those that are best avoided-make navigating the book simple -Features eight pages of beautiful full-color Hawaiian scenery



The Complete Idiot s Guide Astrology Dictionary

The Complete Idiot s Guide Astrology Dictionary Author Arlene Tognetti
ISBN-10 9781101441176
Release 2010-11-02
Pages 416
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From Astrology to the Zodiac... The Complete Idiot's Guide® Astrology Dictionary gives readers over 1,500 entries on everything about astrology from A to Z, including everything they need to know to read their chart and make interpretations. ?Organized in two sections for quick and easy reference, providing readers with the meaning of the term or topic, then interpretations that can be applied for readers to learn more about themselves or others ?Tognetti is also the lead author of The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Astrology, Fourth Edition, The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Tarot, Second Edition, and The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Tarot Spreads.



The Complete Idiot s Guide to Unsolved Mysteries

The Complete Idiot s Guide to Unsolved Mysteries Author Michael Kurland
ISBN-10 0028638433
Release 2000
Pages 378
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Offers clues to deciphering popular mysteries, puzzles, and myths, including UFOs, the Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot, Lizzie Borden, and the Sam Sheppard trial.



Faster Higher Farther The Volkswagen Scandal

Faster  Higher  Farther  The Volkswagen Scandal Author Jack Ewing
ISBN-10 9780393254525
Release 2017-05-23
Pages 320
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A shocking exposé of Volkswagen’s fraud by the New York Times reporter who covered the scandal. In mid-2015, Volkswagen proudly reached its goal of surpassing Toyota as the world’s largest automaker. A few months later, the EPA disclosed that Volkswagen had installed software in 11 million cars that deceived emissions-testing mechanisms. By early 2017, VW had settled with American regulators and car owners for $20 billion, with additional lawsuits still looming. In Faster, Higher, Farther, Jack Ewing rips the lid off the conspiracy. He describes VW’s rise from “the people’s car” during the Nazi era to one of Germany’s most prestigious and important global brands, touted for being “green.” He paints vivid portraits of Volkswagen chairman Ferdinand Piëch and chief executive Martin Winterkorn, arguing that the corporate culture they fostered drove employees, working feverishly in pursuit of impossible sales targets, to illegal methods. Unable to build cars that could meet emissions standards in the United States honestly, engineers were left with no choice but to cheat. Volkswagen then compounded the fraud by spending millions marketing “clean diesel,” only to have the lie exposed by a handful of researchers on a shoestring budget, resulting in a guilty plea to criminal charges in a landmark Department of Justice case. Faster, Higher, Farther reveals how the succeed-at-all-costs mentality prevalent in modern boardrooms led to one of corporate history’s farthest-reaching cases of fraud—with potentially devastating consequences.



The Complete Idiot s Guide to Taoism

The Complete Idiot s Guide to Taoism Author Brandon Toropov
ISBN-10 9781440690013
Release 2002-03-01
Pages 336
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You’re no idiot, of course. You know Taoism is one of the world’s oldest religions, based on simplicity and balance. However, you may not know it has important parallels with modern Western life: health, ecology, even in such pop culture icons as Luke Skywalker and The Beatles. But you don’t have to sit at the feet of a Taoist master to learn how the Taoist tradition has enlightened seekers throughout the centuries! The Complete Idiot’s Guide® to Taoism will show you exactly why Taoist principles appeal to people from every walk of life! In this Complete Idiot’s Guide®, you get: --The history of the Daode Jing, the world’s shortest core religious text, and Laozi, its mysterious author. --The teachings of Zhuangzi, the often-overlooked master sage of Taoism. --An explanation of ying-yang and what it represents. --Taoism’s relationship to Zen Buddhism.



The Complete Idiot s Guide to New York City

The Complete Idiot s Guide to New York City Author Anita Gates
ISBN-10 9781440653360
Release 2008-11-04
Pages 320
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Plan a visit to the city that never sleeps... without losing any sleep! New York continues to be one of the top tourist destinations in the world- with more than 43 million visitors in 2006 alone. This book dispels the anxiety of planning a trip to such an enormously busy and exciting destination. Readers are given practical advice based on the kind of trip they are looking for, the length of their stay, and what they want to see. The Complete Idiot's Guide® to New York City provides: *A reader-friendly list of visual icons and symbols that make navigating the book a breeze *Fifty pages of itineraries based on days in town, areas of the city, and Special interests like romantic, family fun, single in the city, and taking it easy *An eight-page color insert that captures the magic of the Big Apple



The Complete Idiot s Guide to Urban Homesteading

The Complete Idiot s Guide to Urban Homesteading Author Sundari Kraft
ISBN-10 9781101529003
Release 2011-06-07
Pages 352
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How to save money, time, and the environment - on the urban frontier. With The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Urban Homesteading anyone can learn how to live sustainably and responsibly - and save money and time - in any urban environment. Expert urban homesteader Sundari Elizabeth Kraft shares her hands-on knowledge of: growing organic foods and preserving them; composting; raising small livestock and chickens; generating electricity and biofuels; and other ways to cut costs and live green. This book has all the information required to become a successful urban homesteader in any city. ? Practical advice on everything from composting to clean energy. ? Sundari Elizabeth Kraft is an expert in urban homesteading.



Six Walks in the Fictional Woods

Six Walks in the Fictional Woods Author Umberto Eco
ISBN-10 9780674503953
Release 1998-07-21
Pages 160
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In this exhilarating book, we accompany Umberto Eco as he explores the intricacies of fictional form and method. Using examples ranging from fairy tales and Flaubert, Poe and Mickey Spillane, Eco draws us in by means of a novelist's techniques, making us his collaborators in the creation of his text and in the investigation of some of fiction's most basic mechanisms.



Complete Idiots Gde LinkedIn

Complete Idiots Gde LinkedIn Author Susan Gunelius
ISBN-10 9781101580134
Release 2012-04-03
Pages 320
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Develop your business or career with the pre-eminent professional network Most people who are new to LinkedIn don't intuitively recognize the potential of the site when it comes to promoting a business, finding a job/project (or being found for one), or raising money for a business venture. The Complete Idiot's Guide to LinkedIn goes beyond the usual "how to set up and account" and "create a profile" to help readers become LinkedIn superusers and get the most out of the website based on their individual goals. The book provides new users with clear and detailed guidance on: ·Filling out the various parts of the LinkedIn profile, customizing it to meet specific professional goals. ·The right and wrongs ways of doing things on LinkedIn-especially helpful to those used to Facebook. ·Finding the right people, making the right introductions, and growing and managing networks. ·Finding and communicating with LinkedIn Groups to help achieve individual business goals. ·Specific suggestions for using LinkedIn to find a job, market a business, raise capital, and increase sales.