GM's Biggest Challenge in 2014

GM has a brand-new CEO. This is her biggest challenge.

Jan 11, 2014 at 2:00PM


GM product chief Mary Barra will take over as CEO later this month. Her biggest challenge: Shifting GM's revival into high gear. Photo credit: General Motors Co.

General Motors (NYSE:GM) has come a long way since it exited bankruptcy back in 2009. It's solidly profitable, and its latest products are selling well and impressing critics. But much work needs to be done: GM's profits aren't anywhere near those of its closest rivals, and it still hasn't really harnessed the potential of its massive global scale.

Change comes slowly in the auto business, but retiring CEO Dan Akerson did a good job of getting GM rolling in the right direction. Now, with the U.S. government no longer among its shareholders, GM has an opportunity to shift into high gear under its new CEO, Mary Barra.

Much has been made of the fact that Barra is the first woman to lead a global automaker. But Barra proved her mettle by successfully completing what many observers thought would be an impossible task: fixing GM's slow and bloated product-development process. The result has been cars like the Chevy Impala and Cadillac CTS, which have wowed critics and customers alike.

But as she takes the wheel as CEO, Barra faces an even bigger challenge: transforming GM from a promising turnaround story to a global powerhouse. As Fool contributor John Rosevear explains in this video, GM needs to up its game in a big way this year -- and Barra will have to hit the ground running to keep GM's revival on track.

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4 in 5 Americans Are Ignoring Buffett's Warning

Don't be one of them.

Jun 12, 2015 at 5:01PM

Admitting fear is difficult.

So you can imagine how shocked I was to find out Warren Buffett recently told a select number of investors about the cutting-edge technology that's keeping him awake at night.

This past May, The Motley Fool sent 8 of its best stock analysts to Omaha, Nebraska to attend the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholder meeting. CEO Warren Buffett and Vice Chairman Charlie Munger fielded questions for nearly 6 hours.
The catch was: Attendees weren't allowed to record any of it. No audio. No video. 

Our team of analysts wrote down every single word Buffett and Munger uttered. Over 16,000 words. But only two words stood out to me as I read the detailed transcript of the event: "Real threat."

That's how Buffett responded when asked about this emerging market that is already expected to be worth more than $2 trillion in the U.S. alone. Google has already put some of its best engineers behind the technology powering this trend. 

The amazing thing is, while Buffett may be nervous, the rest of us can invest in this new industry BEFORE the old money realizes what hit them.

KPMG advises we're "on the cusp of revolutionary change" coming much "sooner than you think."

Even one legendary MIT professor had to recant his position that the technology was "beyond the capability of computer science." (He recently confessed to The Wall Street Journal that he's now a believer and amazed "how quickly this technology caught on.")

Yet according to one J.D. Power and Associates survey, only 1 in 5 Americans are even interested in this technology, much less ready to invest in it. Needless to say, you haven't missed your window of opportunity. 

Think about how many amazing technologies you've watched soar to new heights while you kick yourself thinking, "I knew about that technology before everyone was talking about it, but I just sat on my hands." 

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David Hanson owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway and American Express. The Motley Fool recommends and owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway, Google, and Coca-Cola.We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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