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Not the biggest, or the last recall: U.S. Fines General Motors $35 Million for Lapses on Ignition-Switch Defect

Not the biggest, or the last recall: U.S. Fines General Motors $35 Million for Lapses on Ignition-Switch Defect | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

Federal regulators report GM has agreed to change its internal review process after a flaw linked to 13 deaths and a vast recall.

   

Excerpts:

G.M. agreed to make “significant and wide-ranging internal changes to its review of safety-related issues in the United States, and to improve its ability to take into account the possible consequences of potential safety-related defects.”

      

The faulty ignition switch, in Chevrolet Cobalts, Saturn Ions and other cars, was prone to turn off if it was jostled or weighed down, shutting the engine, and disabling the air bags and power-assisted systems like steering and brakes. G.M. has linked the defect to 13 deaths and 32 crashes.

   


“...Today’s announcement puts all manufacturers on notice that they will be held accountable if they fail to quickly report and address safety-related defects,” Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said.


Also, three (3) trust-related posts by Deb on REVELN:


Teamwork can also be the “secret sauce” that defines successful organizations.  Our systems for supporting high performance and leadership in teams and in entire organizations have not kept up with the times. 

     

Change Leaders: Why Should Anyone Trust Your Vision? John Kotter & Harvard Business Review

     

John Kotter’s highlights of some common assumptions about how leaders approach change.
    
Change, Ethics, Trust & Timing for your Talent Management Decisions

    

Hewitt's report features how plans on paper don’t translate to reality in the workplace when it comes to recruiting, developing and retaining talent.
Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

From the article and New York Times video:  There are 30,000 parts in the average car.  This GM problem was due to a 90 cent ignition switch.  The GM recall involved 2.6 million cars.   This recall doesn't even crack the top 10 in history.


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The Ford Pinto was called, "the BBQ that seats 4."  

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The Ford Pinto, a 1978 recall, is one of the best known, with a damaging brand impact lasting for years.  The Pinto was called, "the BBQ that seats 4."  Recently,Toyota, was lambasted for covering up a sticking accelerator pedal problem, featuring evidence of how they mislead the public and failed to report the problem in a timely way.


From the Times, "...As bad as they [the recalls] sound" and from me, the mistakes are varied and useful for understanding the complexities of big organizations.  That deaths occur is tragic, very tragic.  For this reason alone, it is yet another important cautionary tale about complex systems, yet simpler fixes:


1) clear the way to communicate with your customers and regulators,


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2) don't mess around with anything that can damage public trust in your big business.   ~  Deb

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Cautionary News: Bangladesh cancels licences of 6000 charities - AsiaOne

Cautionary News: Bangladesh cancels licences of 6000 charities - AsiaOne | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

"Bangladesh cancels licences of 6000 charities" ~ Sep 11, 2012


On a day that the USA remembers terrorist acts, it's also useful to also remember what is going on in the world in some of our most impoverished areas of the world, where non-profits, NGOs hope to make a difference.


According to this post, thousands of charities are being shut down in Bangladesh over the past 3 years, attributed to power moves.  (See the Peter Drucker "There's no such thing as leadership" article for how effective that really is, long term.)


Excerpt:


Bangladesh has revoked licences for more than 6,000 charities over the last three years, an official said Tuesday, in a policy that critics slammed as a government attempt to extend its powers.


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"The government increasingly acts as though it is interested in controlling the NGO sector to a minute level detail, which will only stifle civil society activity."

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Masud Rana, spokesman for the social services department, said the licences for non-government organisations (NGOs) were withdrawn after charities were found to have collapsed or have changed their area of work.


"Most of these NGOs were sitting idle doing nothing or doing things other than they were permitted," Rana told AFP.


But the New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) group said the closures were a deliberate move by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's government.


"This is just a smoke screen to exert political control over civil society," said Brad Adams, Asia director at the HRW.


"The government increasingly acts as though it is interested in controlling the NGO sector to a minute level detail, which will only stifle civil society activity."


Read the full article here.

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Victoria Morgia Jamolod-Umbo's comment, September 14, 2012 11:02 AM
This is a very terrible act to cancel all these charitable institutions. Politics is in the air again, controlling the lives of people. It is bad enough that we have war in these districts, but what is worst is the fact that they all seem not to care for the those who have least in life.
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Markets ARE Highly Dependent on the Fed, The September Experiment

Markets ARE Highly Dependent on the Fed, The September Experiment | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it
This week should remove any doubt about whether markets are highly dependent on the Fed. They sure are. Indeed, you could not have constructed better conditions for a controlled experiment.


...there is only one major factor that can consistently explain this week's market moves. And it centers on expectations of Fed policy.

...markets are celebrating; and the Fed has proven that it still enjoys tremendous influence on asset prices regardless of fundamentals. 


Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

An experiment proves how much thr Fed can affect the markets.  Worth a look, especially by investors.  ~  Deb

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Las Vegas Points to Our Crumbling Past and a "Triumph of the Cities" Future

Las Vegas Points to Our Crumbling Past and a "Triumph of the Cities" Future | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

The first American city of the new century is a dazzling metaphor for our collapse & may point the way to a glittering triumph of the cities.

  

I thought I'd never want to visit Vegas.  EVER.  


Then it turns out I'm on the panel and a facilitator for an Open Space event at a global change practitioner's conference this past April.  With that, and a fabulous 5 days in Vegas in mind, this Atlantic article resonates change.  Perhaps it will for you as well.  ~ Deb

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"Vegas was the rest of the country, but with its foot on the gas," ~ Robert Lang, Brookings Mountain West at UNLV."

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Recall the classic scene in Michael Lewis' "The Big Short" at a subprime mortgage conference at the Venetian hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. While being served by the very type of cocktail waitresses who had likely been given subprime loans they couldn't afford, Lewis's hero Steve Eisman discovers how insane Wall Street had gone in its love affair with subprime, and with collateralized debt obligations and credit default swaps.

  

WE ARE ALL VEGAS

  

...financial industry critics have taken to calling Wall Street a giant casino.   ...The Las Vegas economy remains a basket case, with an unemployment rate of 12 percent, plus clogged bankruptcy courts and a ravaged real estate market. The American economy isn't doing much better.


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And ...champagne of the good times had castor beans in it anyway.

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Wall Street and Vegas became locked in a lover's embrace that wasn't always healthy for either. ...MGM Resorts International has $12 billion in debt; Caesars Entertainment a staggering $23 billion.

   

"Vegas was the rest of the country, but with its foot on the gas," says Robert Lang, director of Brookings Mountain West at UNLV.


THE NEW VEGAS


This being America though ...Las Vegas might be coming back. There's a recognition among elites that the good old days aren't returning. (And ...champagne of the good times had castor beans in it anyway.)


Gov. Brian Sandoval, a Republican increasingly distinct from the national party's pre-New Deal orthodoxy, unveiled an economic plan earlier this year that leans heavily on education as a way to diversify the economy into potential growth sectors beyond tourism and gambling, including health care, information technology infrastructure, renewable energy, mining, transportation, aerospace and defense.

   

The governor's brain trust hopes the Nevada economy will look different in a couple decades, just as Denver and Dallas, the poster children of the excesses of the S&L debacle, have become innovative, prosperous and stable economies.


Tony Hsieh, the CEO of Zappos, the big online apparel company now owned by Amazon, struggled to find workers in the Bay Area who understood the customer service mission. So in 2004, the company moved to suburban Las Vegas, where it found cheap real estate and workers, schooled in casino culture, who were familiar with the customer service ethic and the 24 hour workday.


The company has thrived in Las Vegas, and now Hsieh ...a passionate urbanist, [is] given to handing out copies of Harvard economist Edward Glaeser's book, Triumph of the City, to anyone in shouting distance.  


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"Downtown Las Vegas is the four minute mile."

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Silicon Vegas? 


 GigaOM recently profiled five Vegas tech companies to watch, a development that would have been unheard of even two years ago. Hsieh has rented out 50 units of a downtown condo tower and turned it into a freewheeling tech and culture salon, like a college dorm for a Vegas Ted conference.

   

...Half of the world's population live in cities, and three-fourths will in our lifetimes, he notes.

   

"If you can make downtown Las Vegas the most community driven and learning-focused place in America, it's like the four minute mile.


Downtown Las Vegas is the four minute mile."


See the full article in The Atlantic here.


DN:  With the passage of the Detroit Institute of Arts millage by Metro Detroiters this past Tuesday keeping the museum open and accessible, Dan Gilbert's (Quicken Loans)  and others' support of Detroit, a Triumph of the Cities, may be possible in the USA.


   

    


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