Good to Great case study alert. No, the other kind of case study.

We hired whom?[Editor’s note: I couldn’t decide if this post was more appropriate for hypocritical or for here. I opted for here. Feel free to slam me, via the comments, should you disagree.]

Have you read Good to Great? Well, we happen to be big fans.

In fact, I’m in the middle of re-reading it, just to refresh my memory.

So, today’s news from Chrysler struck me. Right between the eyes.

What a great way to watch a case study unfold. Before our very eyes as it were. Oh, not that kind of case study. No, the other one. The “what not to do” sort of case study.

Yeah, that one.

Didn’t you hear? Chrysler, newly separated from Daimler, has hired former Home Depot CEO, Robert Nardelli, to lead the company. And I use the term “lead” loosely.

Yes, that Robert Nardelli. The one who is famous for driving Home Depot customer service into the ground. And infamous for his ridiculous severance package.

Talk about a bad rebound relationship.

What was that about level 5 leadership? I forget sometimes. And something about good-to-great companies not going for the huge egos of Jack-Welch proteges.

I haven’t had such rich premonitions of a train wreck since Nike hired that Johnson Wax guy to take the helm.

Other good indicators, besides the Good to Great insight? Nardelli’s first car was a Dodge Dart. And he currently owns a PT Cruiser. ‘Nuff said.

Carlos Ghosn, he’s not. At all.

Grab the popcorn and join us for this one.

About Rick Turoczy

More than mildly obsessed with the Portland startup community. Editor at Silicon Florist. Cofounder and general manager at PIE. Follow me on Twitter: @turoczy
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