JOB 1: MAKE HIS DAY
New York Times | 30-Apr-2006
Ford Motor's chief executive, William Clay Ford Jr., has invited
a half-dozen of his top executives to northern Michigan today to
beat up on him.
Mr. Ford is host for a three-day retreat at an undisclosed
site where he will ask his leadership team to critique his
performance as C.E.O., and to suggest ways he can be a better
leader. "What do they need from me? How do I need to change?"
he said in an interview last week. Those who will be giving
Mr. Ford his job evaluation include Mark Fields, Ford's
president for the Americas; Anne Stevens, the chief operating
officer for the Americas; and Don LeClair, the company's chief
Mr. Ford could get some harsh words, given the company's $1.7
billion first-quarter loss. On the other hand, does he think
they are brave enough to tell their boss the truth? "I do,
because I'm going to demand it," Mr. Ford said. "They know me
well enough" not to fudge their answers.