Like Satan in the book of Job, I’ve been going to and fro in the earth over the past few months, in my case talking to corporate executives, consultants and former consultants. Among my questions to them: How are you thinking about strategy these days? Is the highest of managerial arts—or sciences, if you prefer—dead, as some allege? And what’s hot on the corporate rialto by way of consulting work? (more…)

As it turns out, Europeans got a bit of a head start having their defective Toyotas fixed. Yoshimi Inaba, head of the company’s North American operations, admitted to a congressional committee last week that in response to complaints in Britain and Ireland, Toyota made production changes to fix the sticky-pedal problem in Europe that were largely complete by January, in other words mostly before the massive recall on our side of the Great Waters.