[NEW ARRIVALS] Icons and Idiots: Straight Talk on
AUTHOR : Bob Lutz
PUBLISHER : Portfolio Hardcover
PRICE($) : $26.95
GENRE : Business & Investing
“Most successful leaders are mentally and emotionally askew.
“There’s a good side, which gets the job done.
“There’s often also a downside that makes them hard to understand or difficult to work for.
“It’s precisely that they are impatient, stubborn, opinionated, unsatisfied and domineering that makes them successful.”
When Bob Lutz retired from General Motors in 2010, after an unparalleled 47-year career in the automobile industry, he was one of the most respected leaders in American business.
He had survived all kinds of managers over those decades: tough and timid, analytical and irrational, charismatic and antisocial, and some who seemed to shift frequently among all those traits.
His experiences made him an expert on leadership, as much as he was an expert on cars and trucks.
Now Lutz is revealing the leaders - good, bad and ugly - who made the strongest impression on him throughout his career in Detroit.
“Icons and Idiots” is a collection of shocking and often hilarious true stories and the lessons Lutz drew from them.
From enduring the sadism of a Marine Corps drill instructor, to working with a washed-up alcoholic, to taking over the reins from a convicted felon, he reflects on the complexities of all-too-human leaders from all walks of life.