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19.7.06

A modern CEO defends his patch 

Wouldn’t it be great if or went on a car and chatted with car nuts?
   There are ’s posts at ’s FastLane Blog, but they seem to be exceptions. Some posts are merely targeted at current, disposable-income-ready American . Having a divisional head pushing the GMC Arcadia was a bit of a yawn. Mate, it sounded like a bloody —so, why am I reading FastLane again? (And, obscure reference time: wasn’t The Fast Lane the name of a documentary about ?) Bob’s latest entry is about future Opels, which are significant, but he did miss the Commodore launch, which was the début for GM’s global rear-wheel-drive, large car architecture, or Zeta as it was known.
   GM supporters might be able to correct me, but I don’t think I have seen Bob in the comments in response—which he would if it were a real blog. Don’t get me wrong, I admire the guy heaps and think he is a true motorhead and a gentleman. But the blog looks like, for the most part, a one-way vehicle from GM.
   However, the of Tesla Motors, with an electric-powered roadster on the way on the 20th, has been chatting to car nuts on Autoblog. has been explaining things about electric-powered vehicles, from defining kilowatt hours to investors and assembly, and basically defending his patch.
   I think this is admirable, and the way of the . CEOs should be out there, caring about the customer, and hearing comments. I proposed recently on an assignment that the organization be restructured so the incoming CEO was answering feedback form comments, or at least a minimum of one-third of them (it was not a huge organization). How else can an it be steered and its managed, in a world driven by ? Quarterly figures do not cut it in the real world.
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