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“My Best Mistake:” Working for General Motors

by Mark Graban on April 24, 2013 · 1 comment

As a LinkedIn “Influencer,” I was invited to contribute a story to the “My Best Mistake” series. I wrote about something I, at first, thought was a mistake… taking my first job out of college at General Motors.

In the piece, I write about why I wasn’t interested in a job at General Motors, but why I took a job there anyway (one plant’s supposed dedication to the “Deming Philosophy” of W. Edwards Deming). Alas, I learned the “Livonia Philosophy” was (ironically) just a poster and slogan on the wall.

My Best Mistake: Working at General Motors

But, it turned out to be a great learning experience… but, sadly, the Livonia Engine Plant was closed as a result of GM’s bankruptcy, even with the great improvements they had made after we got a new plant manager who was one of the first GM people to learn from the GM/Toyota NUMMI joint venture (as you can hear about here).

A photo of the closed plant:

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Mark Graban 2011 Smaller My Best Mistake: Working for General Motors leanAbout LeanBlog.org: Mark Graban is a consultant, author, and speaker in the “lean healthcare” methodology. Mark is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as the new Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. Mark is also the VP of Innovation and Improvement Services for KaiNexus.


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1 David McGan May 6, 2013 at 7:01 am

As bad as it was for the employees, it was just as bad for the suppliers.

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