By Bryce G. Hoffman
THE within tale OF THE EPIC TURNAROUND OF FORD MOTOR corporation below THE management OF CEO ALAN MULALLY.
At the top of 2008, Ford Motor corporation was once simply months clear of working out of money. With the automobile careening towards spoil, Congress provided all 3 Detroit automakers a bailout. normal automobiles and Chrysler grabbed the taxpayer lifeline, yet Ford made up our minds to avoid wasting itself. less than the management of charismatic CEO Alan Mulally, Ford had already prepare a daring plan to unify its divided worldwide operations, rework its lackluster product lineup, and triumph over a dysfunctional tradition of infighting, backstabbing, and excuses. It was once a unprecedented threat, however it used to be the single manner the Ford family—America’s final nice business dynasty—could carry directly to their company.
Mulally and his group pulled off one of many greatest comebacks in enterprise historical past. because the remainder of Detroit collapsed, Ford went from the threshold of financial ruin to being the main ecocnomic automaker within the world.
American Icon is the compelling, behind-the-scenes account of that epic turnaround. at the brink, Ford went open air the automobile and recruited Mulally—the guy who had already kept Boeing from the deathblow of 9/11—to lead a sweeping restructuring of a firm that were not able to beat a long time of mismanagement and denial. Mulally utilized the foundations he built at Boeing to streamline Ford’s inefficient operations, strength its fractious executives to interact as a crew, and spark a product renaissance in Dearborn. He additionally confident the United vehicle employees to affix his struggle for the soul of yankee manufacturing.
Bryce Hoffman unearths the untold tale of the covert conferences with UAW leaders that resulted in a game-changing agreement, invoice Ford’s conflict to carry the Ford kinfolk jointly whilst many have been able to profit their inventory and write off the corporate, and the key alliance with Toyota and Honda that helped prop up the American automobile provide base.
In one of many nice administration narratives of our time, Hoffman places the reader contained in the boardroom as Mulally makes use of his celebrated marketing strategy evaluate meetings to force swap and strength Ford to house the painful realities of the yankee vehicle undefined.
Hoffman used to be granted unheard of entry to Ford’s best executives and top-secret corporation records. He spent numerous hours with Alan Mulally, invoice Ford, the Ford relations, former executives, exertions leaders, and corporate administrators. within the bestselling culture of Too significant to Fail and the large brief, American Icon is narrative nonfiction at its brilliant and colourful best.
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American Icon: Alan Mulally and the Fight to Save Ford Motor Company by Bryce G. Hoffman