GM Thinks They Will Remain #1?

GM: NOT SO FAST, TOYOTA: A global sales surge keeps us ahead, Wagoner reports (Detroit Free Press)

Rick Wagoner points out that GM’s sales growth outside the U.S. (selling more cars outside than inside the U.S. for the first time ever) means that they will stay ahead of Toyota for #1 in global auto production.

Maybe being #1 or #2 is meaningless? Maybe they should focus on things that matter to customers or focus on profitability? Is it just ego that makes you want to remain #1?

The article about Ford that Luke linked to (below) has a quote about how GM is willing to short change the long-term to focus on the short-term. That’s 180 degrees opposite of the Toyota Production System approach.

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Mark Graban's passion is creating a better, safer, more cost effective healthcare system for patients and better workplaces for all. Mark is a consultant, author, and speaker in the "Lean healthcare" methodology. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. His most recent project is an book titled Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also the VP of Improvement & Innovation Services for the technology company KaiNexus.

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