Why is the VW group so successful?

The Volkswagen group owns about 12 brands and dominates some markets. Why? 

Great piece on the Autoextremist:

We only have to look as far as the VW Group to see how things are dramatically unfolding. As most industry insiders know, the VW Group, led by the maniacal genius, Ferdinand Piech, is on an unbelievable roll right now. The VW Group boasts twelve brands from seven European countries: Volkswagen, Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche (and SEAT, SKODA, Ducati motorcycles, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Scania and MAN).

That’s quite a lineup. Normally, it would be a recipe for disaster leading to a train wreck of monumental proportions, a quagmire of dismal profits, hazy brand images, rampant cannibalism among the Group’s brands in the marketplace, and generally a heaping, steaming bowl of Not Good. But somehow, someway the VW Group is orchestrating the most successful array of brands the industry has seen since GM’s heyday (roughly 1957–1977). And they’re doing it in a similar fashion too.

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Einstein’s list of conditions for his wife

Albert Einstein wasn’t too happy with his wife in 1914, after 11 years of communal life. He thought it’d be good to stay with her for the sake of his children but he wrote some kind of list of conditions, that she had to accept for them to actually stay together. 

Here is the list:


You will make sure:

that my clothes and laundry are kept in good order;

that I will receive my three meals regularly in my room;

that my bedroom and study are kept neat, and especially that my desk is left for my use only.

You will renounce all personal relations with me insofar as they are not completely necessary for social reasons. Specifically, You will forego:

my sitting at home with you;

my going out or travelling with you.

You will obey the following points in your relations with me:

you will not expect any intimacy from me, nor will you reproach me in any way;

you will stop talking to me if I request it;

you will leave my bedroom or study immediately without protest if I request it.

You will undertake not to belittle me in front of our children, either through words or behavior.

His rational thinking might have abandoned him when he wrote that or perhaps, that’s the way it worked. 

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Humans can’t be empathetic and logical at the same time

A new study published in NeuroImage found that separate neural pathways are used alternately for empathetic and analytic problem solving. The study compares it to a see-saw. When you’re busy empathizing, the neural network for analysis is repressed, and this switches according to the task at hand.

Cool finding and, as Colleen Park writes in Popular Science, this might explain why the cold CEO fires people emotionlessly because he’s thinking analytically—for profit. 

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