The BeesAnd The Python #GMpython #platypus #innovation #bureaucracy
This was one of those "ummm, yes", but "ummmm no" type articles. Or, we can say that innovation is relative. To a bureaucratic python like GM, that still makes some of the most repugnant platypus vehicles out there, Jon Lauckner's role as GM's Chief Technology Officer, his initiates would seem like innovation.
Having just toured the wonderfully delightful Vancouver Auto Show this past week, GM is...ummm...I couldn't get out of their corner of the floor fast enough. Not after having toured the rest of the exhibit, where other auto makers offerings delighted, and amazed. GM, was just polished, lipstick on pigs.
Such is what a python produces.
So where Lauckner is right, when he states here:Instead, he argued, GM is adapting to the changing realities of automotive innovation. Many of the best ideas for cars of the future won’t come from car companies at all, but rather from non-traditional auto suppliers, like Microsoft or Google, and from start-up enterprises that are on the leading edge of fields like advanced materials, telecommunications and green technology. “We no longer rely solely on our in-house expertise, which is a big change from where we’ve been in the past,”
This is true, and a welcoming shift in mental models for a C-Suite exec.
However, a stifling bureaucratic culture chews up innovation, and instead regurgitates out cars that are approved by bureaucrats and bean counters, not car enthusiasts.
If the end product is any indication, little has changed with the GM bureaucracy that has been muffling the car company for the last forty years.
What is needed, is a more swarmed approach, where the brilliance that is within GM can be unleashed, with more risks taken to more daring designs and offerings. Design, and innovation, needs to be pushed ever further out towards, what +John Hagel
would call, the edge.
A look around the auto show was indicative enough that other car companies are doing it better than the python that is GM.