Case Study: Arcelor-Mittal Steel Decision Support Management Abused

imageIn this blog I am often guilty of preaching about getting all the facts to make decisions. It is all good motherhood stuff but can get boring without some reality.

Here is concrete case on Arcleor Mittal showing what could happen if you don’t get the facts to think things through.


Arcleor Mittal recently hired a new CEO. who was determined to purge the company of slackers. On a tour of the facilities, the He noticed a guy leaning against a wall. The plant was full of workers and he wanted to let them know he meant business.

He asked the guy, "How much money do you make a week?"
Surprised, the young man looked at him and said, "I make $400 a week. Why?"

The CEO said, "Wait right here." and went back to his office.

He came back in two minutes, and handed the guy $1,600, "Here’s four weeks’ pay. Now GET OUT and don’t come back."

Feeling pretty good the CEO looked around the room and asked, "Does anyone want to tell me what that goof-ball did around here?"

From across the room a voice said, "He’s the Pizza delivery guy from Domino’s."

This case study was reputed to be about about Arcelor-Mittal Steel. a global steel company headquartered Luxembourg,

I doubt if there is actually a Dominos Pizza shop in Luxembourg or if the case is even about Arcelor-Mittal Steel ,who despite this may as well enjoy the benefit of their brand exposure.

Contrary to good decision making being vital to having the facts, saying never let the facts get in in the way of a good story is equally divisive.  So I do apologize to Arcelor-Mittal Steel if this story about them or their CEO is not true.

Of course emulating John Cleese using humour to make a point is a whole lot better than a motherhood stuff, don’t you agree?



Many who know this case, know it actually quite and old and is likely to be attributed to others in earlier versions. This one is now doing the rounds again on the daily jokes circuit.

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