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Standardized Executive Housing?

WSJ.com – Newest Director Shakes Up GM With Calls for Radical Change

Today's WSJ ($$ subscription required) has an article about GM's newest director, Jerry York.

Since he'll spend a lot of time rabble rousing in Detroit, he's having a house built there.

He's now building an exact duplicate of his Connecticut saltbox-style home in the Detroit area with his wife, whom he remarried.

Either he's extremely inflexible or this is a great example of “standardization” (it's nice if you can afford it and a private Gulfstream jet). Or, it's like Intel's “Copy Exact” philosophy that has served their factories well.

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Under the strategy, “exact” means exact, according to sources. Except for the language on the exit signs, facilities in Ireland and Israel are nearly indistinguishable.

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Former Intel CEO Craig Barrett probably had multiple homes (including the Phoenix area). I wonder if he followed the Jerry York philosophy? :-)

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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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