Tonight’s CNBC Special on "Saving GM"
I'm setting the DVR from England and will watch this over the internet when time allows (isn't technology great?). A PR person from CNBC pointed out this show, so I thought I'd suggest it since we talk about GM here quite a bit. I wonder if the show will talk about Lean and the Toyota Production System, or if it will be full of typical GM excuse making?
There is an online video featuring an assembly line worker from Lake Orion, MI, Warren Kennedy.
I think GM needs to save themselves, rather than asking for others to save them. What do you think, about GM or this show, if you watched it? They talk about how the GM culture “used to tolerate shoddy workmanship.” They'd say “ship it,” Warren says (and I believe him – since I heard that when I was at GM also, making engines). Quantity was the primary objective.
And GM wants saving? How do you save someone from self-inflicted wounds? “But oil prices are high.” That's whining. And I'm less sympathetic since they did a lot of this to themselves. Are you as sympathetic when an alcoholic has cirrhosis compared to a kid who has a congenital liver disease? Probably not.
“Now we're not gonna send it to the dealer with a screw missing or a part missing, just to make a shipment,” Kennedy says.
Wow, how progressive, how heartwarming, how “lean” (ahem). He says this all while interviewed on the assembly line… and he's since taken a buy out. Good for Warren. Good luck to him. He put in 31 years there… not easy. Imagine all the B.S. he's seen?