The piano was a masterpiece. A dark chocolate body so smooth it glistened. It should have been on a stage. White chocolate keys, minor notes of a chocolate so dark as to be almost black, foot pedals brushed in gold leaf. The lid of the piano was propped open on a thin chocolate rod, revealing an interior of milk-chocolate mousse so light it vanished on my tongue, leaving an echo, sublime and pure, that lingers even thirty years later.
In his latest book, “Car guys vs. bean counters: The battle for the soul of American Business,” and interview with Kai Ryssdal, Bob Lutz, a former vice chairman of General Motors reveals the biggest mistake that the American car companies make: they rely on numbers as the determinant of the companies’ profits and future growth. Unfortunately, Lutz states, the love for numbers is the virtue still instilled in students of business schools. The consequence of this is that the future leaders of the business world are taught to “skimp and see how much cost can we strip out before people actually protest“! Continue reading