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Are MBA candidates required to have that part of their brain removed,

No so much a labotomy, as being trained to be a "joiner". Tell the boss what he wants to hear, kiss his backside, dress like him, drive the same kind of car he does, have the same politics. That's why nothing much ever happens at US companies. New management is the same as the old.

Sometimes, with the firm about to collapse, desperation forces the board to look outside their own golf club. Then stuff happens.

Chrysler adds 1,250 jobs, reaffirms commitment to Michigan auto workers

Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne announced the auto maker will continue the company's commitment in Michigan by investing more than $240 million and adding 1,250 new jobs to three assembly plants.

See also Carlos Ghosen at Nissan.

For orchestrating one of the decade's most aggressive downsizing campaigns and spearheading the turnaround of Nissan from near bankruptcy in the late 1990s, Ghosn earned the nicknames "le cost killer" and "Mr. Fix It."[4] After the Nissan financial turnaround, he achieved celebrity status[5] and ranks as one of the 50 most famous men in global business and politics

And Alan Mulally

Alan Roger Mulally (born August 4, 1945) is an American engineer and business executive who is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Ford Motor Company. Ford, which had been struggling during the late-2000s recession, returned to profitability under Mulally and was the only American major car manufacturer to avoid government-sponsored bankruptcy.[3][4] Mulally's achievements at Ford are chronicled in the book, "An American Icon: Alan Mulally and the Fight to Save Ford Motor Company" by Bryce G. Hoffman published in 2012.

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