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Toyota Abandoning Julie Hamp: Missed PR Op, Japan Male Myopia, Power Sharing, or Just Another Diversity Disaster?

Toyota and Julie Hamp – Automotive Digestibles Blog – July 2015.(1) docx How much of the story do we know? Julie Hamp came to Toyota as head of Global Communications with a great track record from GM & Pepsi. Toyota … Continue reading

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Top 20 Anti-Retirement Actionables to Keep You Alive & Awake During the Day

People either cannot wait to retire, cannot retire, and/or should not ever retire. Here is a listing of alerts, actionables, and anxieties about your retirement. 1. Realize that you will be missed at the office for no more than a … Continue reading

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“All is Lost” or Not for UAW? – How Now to Be the Comeback Kids

The Situation: The UAW lost the vote to unionize the VW Passat plant in Chattanooga. By how much did they actually lose? Really on by 86 votes which means if 44 workers changed their vote in favor of the union, … Continue reading

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Is Microsoft Killing Us Softly? Or Have We Hardly Noticed?

Does Microsoft seem to be surfacing more and more in the automotive systems technology at Dealers & OEMs? Has it been embedded in all industry systems all along? New Management in Bellevue: With changing of management at Microsoft, what does … Continue reading

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Is Korean Shadow Management from the Dark Side (like Darth Vader)?

Seems like every time one turns around, there is another firing of CEO of Hyundai Motor America. And the reasons seem to be pretty much the same — except this last time it was for establishing a level of sales … Continue reading

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New Words for 2014

Here’s a sampling of Words, Terms, and Expressions you will want to use in your text messaging – words you’ll be seeing in magazines and hearing on TV (if you’re not already). You’ll probably even hear these words used and … Continue reading

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What’s Going to Be Bothering, Bugging and Bewildering You in 2014?

Ten Developments that are likely to impact what happens to the Automotive Channel & to you in 2014: Bitcoin: Sometime in 2014, your dealership — or one across town — will get paid for a new car by a consumer … Continue reading

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Is NHTSA Really Prejudiced or Being Influenced by Detroit, Politics, & Bureaucratic Power Grabs?

What’s the Situation? There are some things that you just do not want to think – or believe.  But with what and how NHTSA keeps doing & did almost unchallenged under LaHood – and now Strickland – one has to … Continue reading

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Have Dealers Had Enough of New Mouse Traps, Evangelical Trainers, Eternal Conferencing, & Grubbing Vendors?

The Situation: Have you had enough? In listening, informally surveying, and observing what is happening with dealer adoption of vender systems, sales pitches, magazine marketing, and constant conferencing – not to mention how-to articles by eager consultants, trainers, and hundreds … Continue reading

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Tell Me What, What It Means, Tell Me Now, & What Do I Do About it?

The Situation: What do you do with all those Best Practices & How-To articles published everywhere, everyday – if you can actually find them buried in the magazine copy and then figure out how to implement those new ideas in … Continue reading

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