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Design is important, it’s an important dimension in the car. It’s not the only one.
– Carlos Ghosn
The role of leadership is to transform the complex situation into small pieces and prioritize them.
You’ll never convince me there is a hopeless situation or there is any finality in any success or any failure.
I love not to be busy in a certain way.
The Japanese people are usually very prudent, even when they are convinced change is necessary.
Being in a multicultural environment in childhood is going to give you intuition, reflexes and instincts. You may acquire basic responsiveness later on, but it’s never going to be as spontaneous as when you have been bathing in this environment during childhood.
As the CEO, I have to take care of the short term, mid term and the long term.
You don’t build your character by doing what everybody else is doing.
There are always lessons that can be learned from another manufacturer. You can learn from their successes and from their mistakes also. But you cannot replicate; you can only learn.
If you have not been a villain at a certain point in time, you will never be a hero. And the day you are a hero, you may become a villain the next day.
I have my family, my children – I have a lot of outside activities.
The time is right for electric cars – in fact the time is critical.
Every single time you make a merger, somebody is losing his identity. And saying something different is just rubbish.
When a company is facing a problem, it always takes a stance and takes a decision, but at the same time it wants to make sure of what it can learn from it, what enhancements it can make.
I don’t believe in hostile moves. I don’t believe they carry any value.
I approve designs not because I think I am more gifted or somebody who can see ahead three or four years from now, but just to make sure that the design is a logical, rational decision, taken after analyzing pros and cons.
In most companies people make a specific contribution to the company in their function. But it is not expressed in terms of profit, only in terms of performing their function better.
China will be the answer to Japan’s problems.
People will always challenge you on an idea as long as it has not been concretized by somebody else.
When I come to a design decision, people know that is that.
Commitment. This is my favorite word because in some way, people who are committed are always much more interesting and much more reliable, and much more, I would say, deep than people who are not.
I think the new generation is much more demanding about respect for the environment than we have ever imagined.
Any job very well done that has been carried out by a person who is fully dedicated is always a source of inspiration.
At the age of 20 I bought a used Fiat 127. This was the only one I could afford!
I mean, when you’re a pioneer and you are at the forefront of an offensive, you’re going to be the most optimistic person.
To face deflation, you have to have people accepting it and not reacting to it.
Employees are your most valuable assets. They are the heart and guts of a company. This doesn’t mean that from time to time, you aren’t going to do what is good for the company.
If guys try to make a bigger company for the sake of size, they don’t create value in most cases.
The most interesting information I can have about a competitor is the cost.
Profit is the most global aspect of a business, and it is cross-functional.