Viewing The Fall Of GM


Nice visualisation of the (presumed) fall of GM from the WallStats blog. It attractively emphasises the point that there are many intertwined rather than just one or two main causes.

Although there is key information missing, such as timelines and relative importance and the picture may not even be complete, the jumble of boxes certainly captures the imagination and seems to encourages fresh thinking about things. Standard business mindmaps don’t always have a similar impact (although they can sometimes be adapted). They display the same information in a very structured (and concise manner) but in doing so they can lose the visual pizzazz that helps spark ‘reinvigorated’ thinking (more on this later).

In general, such information visualisation methods can be a powerful way to communicate and stimulate thinking about ‘lessons learnt’ in complex bids and projects to complement the customary reports and stories.

From Wikipedia (January, 2009):

General Motors Corporation (GM), the world’s largest automaker, has been the annual global industry sales leader for 77 years. Founded in 1908, GM today employs about 266,000 people around the world. With global headquarters in Detroit, GM manufactures its cars and trucks in 35 countries. In 2007, nearly 9.37 million GM cars and trucks were sold globally under the following brands: Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GM Daewoo, GMC, Holden, Hummer, Opel, Pontiac, Saab, Saturn, Vauxhall, and Wuling. GM’s OnStar subsidiary is the industry leader in vehicle safety, security and information services. GM’s largest national market is the United States, followed by China, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Canada and Germany.

In recent years the company has endured significant financial turmoil, including a $50 billion dollar loss in 2007 and 2008. On December 19, 2008, the Bush administration granted $17.4 billion in low-interest loans for GM and Chrysler to weather the current credit crisis.


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