Executive View by Marshall Loeb: Murphy's Law: Things Will Go Right

Executive View/Marshall Loeb

The biggest man in the largest manufacturing company in the world sits at a cluttered desk that is piled high with sales reports, production analyses, sheaves of magazines and a couple of dime-store signs that proclaim BLESS THIS MESS and PLEASE DON'T STRAIGHTEN THE MESS ON MY DESK! YOU'LL GOOF UP MY SYSTEM. Thomas Aquinas Murphy, 62, chairman of General Motors Corp., is a casual fellow with gray Brillo hair, thick bookkeeper's spectacles, a heap of optimism and no pretenses. From his 14th-floor corner office behind security-locked glass doors in the Gen eral Motors Building, he looks out...

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