I saw a movie “Ford v Ferrari” last weekend. It was a good movie. It’s a true story when Ford tried to beat Ferrari in Le Mans. Here is a teaser – ” American automotive designer Carroll Shelby and fearless British race car driver Ken Miles battle corporate interference, the laws of physics and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary vehicle for the Ford Motor Co. Together, they plan to compete against the race cars of Enzo Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France in 1966.”
One interesting aspect of this movie is bureaucracy and politic in a corporate environment at Ford. When personal interest is larger than the company’s interest, the future of the company start to fade. I related this aspect the company I am working at. This year has been super challenging. People ask me if it’s because our product is obsolete or doesn’t meet customer’s demand anymore. I am inclined to say yes but I think that is not a complete answer. I genuinely believe that if we have the right people (skill sets, with less self-interest) we could do better than the current situation.
Corporate culture, politics, high self-interests are very difficult to change in the corporate environment. To change, it has to start from the top. It would take (at least) a few years. But, most importantly, we need a courage to change with the right people in the jobs.