When I was in the Legion "growth," "expansion," and "recruitment" became our imperatives. Understandable, given our militant nature. However, back in those early days I worried that our drive to expand would negatively affect our spirituality. For a while, in the United States, I fretted that our new recruits were far more right of center than the Congregation I had joined in Ireland back in 1962.
No doubt much of the critical reporting on Toyota is being driven by rival automakers seeking to weaken the company by undermining the public's perception. The same can be said for many of the relentless critical onslaughts on Fr. Maciel and the Legionaries which seem to me to have the ulterior motive of undermining the Catholic Church and the Papacy. Surely, there is lots of room for outraged and deserved criticism - but I don't think for a moment that it is all well-intentioned. Back to the WSJ. Here is the comment that provoked this post:
Like so many big companies before, in its relentless drive to become the world’s largest auto maker, Toyota’s management took its eye off the ball. In other words, growth became its priority, while the unique aspects of its culture and operational competencies responsible for its success to this point, became secondary.