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My Years with General Motors

Written by: Alfred P. Sloan Jr.
Narrated by: David Colacci
Length: 21 hrs and 1 min

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My Years with General Motors became an instant best seller when it was first published in 1963. It has since been used as a manual for managers, offering personal glimpses into the practice of the "discipline of management" by the man who perfected it. This is the story no other businessman could tell - a distillation of half a century of intimate leadership experience with a giant industry and an inside look at dramatic events and creative business management.  

Only a handful of business books have reached the status of a classic, having withstood the test of more than 50 years' time. Even today, Bill Gates praises My Years with General Motors as the best book to read on business, and Business Week has named it the number one choice for its "bookshelf of indispensable reading".

©1963; 1990 Alfred P. Sloan, Jr.; Introduction copyright by Peter F. Drucker (P)2019 HighBridge Company

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  • Ziggy
  • 21-04-19

Interesting read

Sloan takes the reader through how GM developed systems for dealing with organizational opportunities faced during his tenure. Have read about 100 biographies and this stands out because of how ubiquitous much of his reasoning has become for large corporations. While sometimes a bit dry, the content is quite strong and has stood the test of time well. Feel a lot of insights were gained in the reading.

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  • G. D. P.
  • 05-12-19

Fascinating

Fascinating history of GM, the auto industry, and the management of large organizations. Should be required reading for all current and future business executives.

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  • Chuck Smiley
  • 02-11-19

Great history of the US auto industry

I’d heard this was an important book on management. I found that to be true. So many examples of innovating in an unknown field; I never even thought about the issues he faced...most challenges he faced are things we’ve long taken for granted. Some chapters were a little dry and I sympathized with the narrator at times. But overall a good book that will make you think about the field of organizational management and force you to ask yourself, “What would I have done?”

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  • David T Salazar
  • 31-07-19

Enduring Management Lessons Despite Outdated Information

I’ve been looking forward to this book coming to Audible for quite some time, but I was initially bored with seemingly tedious details on the car industry in the early 20th century.

As I read more, that initial boredom turned to awe as I started to appreciate the clarity with which Sloan grasped all aspects of GM’s business at a time when it was one of the most important companies in the world. Im sure many longtime CEOs know a tremendous amount about their businesses, but Sloan was remarkable for his ability to abstract away the particulars and create a fundamental theory of the firm.

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  • Nat M. Zorach
  • 15-05-19

dry, vaguely sociopathic

good narration of a pretty dull sorry-- rich guy gets richer, castigates the "leftist doctrine" of workers having rights. some interesting perspectives on management from the perspective of general motors as a horizontal, decentralized corporation as opposed to Ford, which was historically more vertical and centralized. sociopathic in his disconnection from any human elements of business or from the catastrophic social implication of his company's product.