Re: Design Leadership
Sam, I agree with you about the Germans in the 00s. They had been very conservative in the early 90s, until they took notice of just how much a threat the Japanese might be. In the last decade, I think the Germans have realized that they won, and this has given them confidence. They are now really just competing with each other for world domination. The Italians were very influential in the 60s and 70s. Many significant German, French and British cars from this period were either designed by or influenced by Italians, and these cars formed the pattern for the cars of today.
Electric cars are deliberately designed to look different so that they won't sell. Every one is sold at a loss, so manufacturers try to sell as little as possible. Their real purpose is publicity. If a company has an electric car on it's books, they get green cred, and this keeps the politiicians off their backs. Ghosn may be serious about electric cars, but this only proves he does not know much about how to run a car company. He got lucky with his Nissan turnaround ten years ago - just as Mulally got lucky with the opportunity at Ford a few years ago. Both Nissan and Ford had been basically sound businesses that had been run into the ground by bad management. Ghosn and Mulally both just got things back to a more normal level of activity. Having done that, they are both struggling to make further progress.
Having re-read the posts in this thread, I'm even more convinced that B&N got it about right. I think he has achieved "the simplicity on the other side complexity" ie after much thought over the years, he has been able to boil things down to a balanced clear summary. That's the kind of knowledge that interests me in today's environment of information overload.