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Alan Mulally’s Team-Building Plan

November 2, 2015

Last week, I heard Alan Mulally, retried CEO of Ford, give a presentation of how he turned down federal funds and proceeded to turn around Ford during and after the 2008/2009 financial meltdown.  He was open and engaging and willingly shared his insights.  He only used one slide in his 80 minute program which I am sharing here.  This is his team-building blueprint that helped Ford overcome a $17 billion projected loss when he took over.  There are ideas below that every manager and leader can adopt.

Skilled and Motivated Team

Working Together Principles and Practices

  • People first
  • Everyone is included
  • Compelling vision, comprehensive strategy, relentless implementation
  • Clear performance goals
  • One plan
  • Facts and data
  • Everyone knows the plan, the status and areas that need special attention
  • Propose a plan, “find a way” attitude
  • Respect, listen, help and appreciate each other
  • Emotional resilience…trust the process
  • Have fun… enjoy the journey and each other
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    November 2, 2015 12:13 pm


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