Second Shift: The Inside Story Of The Keep Gm Movement
Second Shift: The Inside Story Of The Keep Gm Movement
Second Shift: The Inside Story Of The Keep Gm Movement

Second Shift: The Inside Story Of The Keep Gm Movement

  • Publish Date: 2016-08-25
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Author: David Hollister;Ray Tadgerson;David Closs;G. Tomas M. Hult
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The dynamic, collaborative management model that saved a U.S. manufacturing city

When car-making giant General Motors decided to close its plant in Lansing, Michigan, in 1996, one personthe citys newly elected mayorstood up and said no. Initially, it was the cry of a man in the wilderness. Not once in its century-long history had GM reversed a decision to close a plant. But Mayor David Hollister quietly went to work building the Lansing Works! Keep GM! movement and succeeded in defying all the odds. Lansing remains GMs Oldsmobile headquarters.

Hollisters collaborative problem-solving approachthe Second Shift modelsucceeded in bringing together state and regional politicians, economic developers, private sector firms, labor unions, educators, and residents of the region. Powerful, persuasive, and well-organized, this coalition implemented a strategic, six-dimensional framework to achieve the seemingly impossible:

Identifying: Name the challenge and its impact
Partnering: Develop meaningful relationships
Building: Construct your strategy as you go
Solving: Engage in constant problem solving
Celebrating: Mark successful milestones
Persevering: Adapt and endure

The Lansing Works! Keep GM! movement was a victory of people over bureaucracy, of a can-do attitude over cynicisma story rarely told in todays complex, technological, and often dehumanizing world of large business and out-of-control government. And the best part was that, in the end, both sides came away winners. Its proof positive that when the public and private sectors work together as equal partners, amazing things can happen.

One of the great business sagas of modern times, Second Shift provides a proven, practical design for problem solving that anyone can apply in any business, large or small.

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