Icons and Idiots by Bob Lutz
Straight Talk on Leadership

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Whatever his motives, Mr. Lutz offers some basic wisdom in this gossipy, amusing book. Leaders, even great leaders, often have eccentricities...People are, well, complicated.
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When Bob Lutz retired from General Motors in 2010, after an unparalleled forty-seven-year career in the auto 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, every bit 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. 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. No textbook or business school course can fully capture their idiosyncrasies, foibles and weaknesses - which can make or break companies in the real world. Lutz shows that we can learn just as much from the most stubborn, stupid, and corrupt leaders as we can from the inspiring geniuses. The result is a powerful and entertaining guide for any aspiring leader.
 

About Bob Lutz

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BOB LUTZ held senior leadership positions at GM, Ford, Chrysler, and BMW over the course of an unparalleled forty-seven-year career, culminating in his vice chairmanship of General Motors from 2001 to 2010. He is the bestselling author of Guts: The Seven Laws of Business That Made Chrysler the World's Hottest Car Company.
 
Published June 4, 2013 by Portfolio. 241 pages
Genres: Business & Economics. Non-fiction
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Publishers Weekly

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on Apr 08 2013

Lutz’s experiences in the auto industry will delight car lovers, but even the uninitiated will likely be amused by his lively prose.

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Reviewed by PAUL INGRASSIA on Jun 10 2013

Whatever his motives, Mr. Lutz offers some basic wisdom in this gossipy, amusing book. Leaders, even great leaders, often have eccentricities...People are, well, complicated.

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