What can we learn from one of the most humble CEOs to ever grace the corner office, and what does it take to transform both Boeing and Ford? Join Laura Gassner Otting as she hosts this episode of LGOtv with special guest, Alan Mulally – Family Man, Team Player, American Icon
2:20 – Working Together: “Everything I really believe in and understand is shown on this chart.”
9:28 – The story behind the airplane doodle.
17:30 – “I started out my little business. My TV guide route, my lawn mowing, working at the grocery store, as a bagger and a checker.”
21:20 – Business Plan Review Meetings, where working together came alive.
22:27 – “When I arrived at Ford, all I had was my piece of paper.”
24:55 – “No one wanted to be the first person to show a red, because people disappear.”
27:43 – “What happens in this working together when you don’t commit to the culture?”
31:33 – “We need not only the smartest people in the world, but we also need their hearts.”
33:53 – Where does the patience come from when you’re getting pressure from every stakeholder and stockholder to trust the process?
38:29 – “We knew if we worked on a plan together that would deliver profitable growth for all (PGA). If we did that and worked on efficiency, working together was going to work.”
41:32 – “It starts with who you are.”
43:32 – “Consonance is a phenomenal concept…Whether it’s connection or whether it’s purpose…bringing those two in alignment is going to allow you to do the things we’re talking about — to be your best best self.”
44:42 – How can we allow leaders to operate with freedom and creativity while accomplishing their goals?
47:42 – You never went in, looking to clean house. You just knew that you’d present your way of operating and that the people who didn’t want to operate within this environment would self-select out.
51:02 – “It’s not about you now, it’s about you facilitating all the people together around that business strategy plan.”
51:26 – “There’s always a reason to be humble because there is so much to learn.”
58:19 – “How fortunate, that over the hundreds of thousands of employees, the first one taught me about humility, love, and service, and never to be arrogant?”
1:04:20 – Has there ever been a challenge from which you backed down?
1:07:40 – “To serve is to live.”
1:12:02 – What’s next for you?
Washington Post Best Selling Author and Motivational Keynote Speaker, Laura Gassner Otting, inspires people to push past the doubt and indecision that keep great ideas in limbo because her presentations make listeners think bigger and accept greater challenges that reach beyond their limited scope of belief.
She delivers strategic thinking, well-honed wisdom, and perspective generated by decades of navigating change across the start-up, nonprofit, political, as well as philanthropic landscapes. Laura dares listeners to find their voice, and generate the confidence needed to tackle larger-than-life challenges. She leads them to seek new ways of leading, managing, and mentoring others.