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Letterman Hits the Big 3

Here is David Letterman's Top Ten List:

Top Ten Ways United States Automakers Can Increase Sales
10. “How 'bout a car horn that plays ‘My Humps'”
9. “Rig GPS screens to display Cinemax after dark”
8. “Switch gas and brake pedals to make driving more exciting”
7. “Zero down! Zero interest! Zero payment until after the bird flu pandemic!”
6. “Cars come with monkey that keeps an eye on your blind spot”
5. “Less rack, more pinion”
4. “Bumpers that make comical ‘boing' sound”
3. “Find a way to make objects in mirror appear even closer”
2. “Enhance lovemaking with vibrating backseat”
1. “Fill airbags with delicious butterscotch pudding”

Ironically, I heard this on a local radio station and the spot was sponsored by Ford. Nice!

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Jamie Flinchbaugh is a lean advisor, speaker, and author. In addition to co-founding the Lean Learning Center, he has helped build nearly 20 companies as either a co-founder, board member, advisor, or angel investor. These companies range from high-performance motorcycles to SaaS tools for continuous improvement. He has advised over 300 companies around the world in lean transformation, including Intel, Harley-Davidson, Crayola, BMW, and Amazon. Jamie co-authored the popular book The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Lean, and continues to share his experiences as a Contributing Editor forIndustryWeek and as a blogger at He holds degrees from Lehigh University, University of Michigan, and MIT, and continues to teach and mentor on campus. Jamie is best known for helping to transform how we think about lean from a tools-centric model to one based on principles and behaviors. His passion for lean transformation comes from seeking to unlock the great potential that people possess to build inspiring organizations.

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