By on October 12, 2007

bilde.jpgIt's about "lifting the dome" and letting people do their jobs. This insight into the Chrysler's freshly-minted Co-President's "take plenty of prisoners" management style arrives via The Detroit Free Press. The Freep joined a respect of journos at a Las Vegas round table to grill simmer Press on the changes needed to return Chrysler to profitability. They got bupkis. Nothing on the strike. Zilch on product executions. But they did get more of Press' party line: Chrysler makes cars with "visceral" appeal (I guess reliability and build quality are emotional issues) and Chrysler's employees are great people. "There's a real willingness to listen and do better," Press said. "The main thing I can do is get out of the way." Perhaps Cerberus should have paid Press to not work for them. 

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5 Comments on “Chrysler’s Jim Press: “It’s not about changing the culture”...”


  • avatar
    AGR

    At some point and time, we will hopefully have proof if these folks are in the “car business” or the “career business”.

  • avatar
    FreeMan

    “a respect of journos”? Is that like a flock of geese, or a pride of lions? I had no idea!

    How do I sign up for a job paying millions where the job description reads:
    1) Get out of the way.
    2) When in doubt, see 1.

  • avatar

    I think those words need to be taken at more than face value. “Getting out of the way” might be a clumsy allusion to the fact that the design process is encumbered by n to the power of n meters of red tape – committees, meetings, union input, executive approvals, etc., etc until the point where they end up with cars that everyone had a hand in designing but nobody likes.

    Lifting that, i.e., getting out of the way, and letting some of the passion come through might be what he means.

    OR NOT.

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    Samir Syed :

    “Getting out of the way” might be a clumsy allusion to the fact that the design process is encumbered by n to the power of n meters of red tape – committees, meetings, union input, executive approvals, etc.

    Press’ use of the personal pronoun puts pay to that prognostication.

  • avatar
    RyanK02

    Press’ use of the personal pronoun puts pay to that prognostication.

    Now that is a sentence. Well crafted, master Farago.

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