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Is Your Chapter/Region a GM or a Toyota?

Monday, December 4th, 2006

Sit down and get comfortable. This is going to take a while. But trust me – it’s going to be worth it.

GM, or General Motors, was the largest car company in the world. They have one car in the top 11 in terms of quality (JD Powers). They lost 10.5 billion dollars last year.

Toyota is the largest car company in the world. They have 7 of the top 11 cars in terms of quality (including Lexus). They made 11.8 billion dollars last year.

Why is this?

  • Are Japanese smarter than Americans? No.
  • Do they work harder? No (many of those Toyotas are made by American workers in Toyota plans here in the U.S.).

So what is it?

One of the major reasons is simple: Management and Corporate culture.

What does this have to do with BBYO? After all, you’re not exactly in the car business, right?

Your chapter, your region and BBYO Inc. are organizations – groups of people who come together in an organized manner for a purpose.

Like any organization, its ability to accomplish that purpose depends on its internal management, organization and culture. The better your management and culture, the more likely your organization will succeed in its goals.

Today I’m going to show you where GM went wrong and where Toyota went right – and exactly how you can apply those lessons to BBYO. Some of what you read here will probably surprise you.

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