This is the ninth post in our series of guest blog posts from our ten finalists in this year’s Best of Leadership Blogs competition (make your pick here)
Bob Sutton is a researcher and Professor of Management Science at the Stanford Engineering School. The word ‘innovation’ best describes his way of exploring the connections between knowledge and organizational action. Bob has worked with a vast array of managers and organizations and has published over 150 articles, covering a variety of topics. His most recent book, The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One that Isn’t, is a national bestseller and has an interesting take on leadership and management – dealing with workplace assholes.
Here is a post from Bob in cultural analysis form about General Motors, specifically dealing with their request for funds:
The Auto Industry Bailout: Thoughts About Why GM Executives Are Clueless And Their Destructive “No We Can’t” Mindset
by Bob Sutton (November 20, 2008)
Read the rest of the post here.
Admittedly, this post was written before many parts of the GM story was written. It doesn’t change the value in you reading it. You will be reading a smart self-proclaimed “rant” from a smart and informed guy.
But don’t just read it and think about GM. Read it and think about his indictments as they relate to your leadership skills and the leadership behaviors of your entire organization.
It will be one of the most valuable leadership activities you will engage in today.
Vote for Bob or any of the other finalists here.