Great Quotes from Alan Mulally

Leadership is having a compelling vision, a comprehensive plan, relentless implementation, and talented people working together.

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I really do believe that working together works, and it’s amazing to me.

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We’ve always loved the automobile, and we all love Henry Ford’s original vision to open the highways to all mankind, the freedom and movement.

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If you have a common purpose and an environment in which people want to help others succeed, the problems will be fixed quickly.

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The automobile has moved into the mainstream of our integrated digital world.

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What I found over the years is the most important thing is for a team to come together over a compelling vision, a comprehensive strategy for achieving that vision, and then a relentless implementation plan.

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You need to have a can-do attitude. There is always a way.

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The purpose of life is to love and be loved… what could possibly be more energizing than that?

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It’s all about producing products people want.

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If you’re going to be world-class, you have to focus.

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When work is what you love to do, it’s not work – it’s serving.

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If you have to improve your fuel efficiency every year, it leads to innovation.

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Positive leadership – conveying the idea that there is always a way forward – is so important, because that is what you are here for – to figure out how to move the organization forward. Critical to doing that is reinforcing the idea that everyone is included.

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An important part of leadership is being able to hold two things in your mind at once: Dealing with the reality, whatever it may be, and focus on hope for the future. Any leader helping an organization through challenges needs to be able to do both.

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If you get honest feedback and do nothing about it, then the feedback will stop.

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This working together is just so important: you’re either working together, or you’re not working together.

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At the most fundamental level, it is an honor to serve – at whatever type or size of organization you are privileged to lead, whether it is a for-profit or nonprofit. It is an honor to serve. Starting from that foundation, it is important to have a compelling vision and a comprehensive plan.

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You can’t improve if you don’t know what the real situation is.

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Think about just exceeding expectations of every job you’re being asked to do. Continually ask for feedback on how it’s going. Ask everybody involved what you can do to do an even better job, and the world will beat down your door trying to ask you to do more and more.

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Both Boeing and Ford are absolutely committed to safe and efficient transportation.

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Be true to yourself and your values.

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Data can set you free.

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Google is really committed to improving everything. So it has been really fun to participate in all of their different moonshots.

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No country is ever successful in the long term… without a really strong and vibrant manufacturing base.

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Ford is committed to building a sustainable future for the benefit of all Americans, and we believe Ford is on the right path to achieve this vision.

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Transparency is so important in business.

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The most important thing is the fact we have created this successful and sustainable Ford Motor Co. worldwide. I have no regrets.

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Nothing will ever have the impact that 9/11 had on Boeing and on the world. It just changed things overnight.

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I’ve just seen it all – I’ve seen the bird flu, I’ve seen the Asian economic meltdown, SARS, 9/11, economic cycles.

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It is just more rewarding to do things in a supportive environment.

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I’m more convinced than when I accepted this job that we can create a viable Ford Motor Co. that makes cars and trucks that people really do prefer. And we can make them using minimum resources and minimum time and be competitive with our competition.

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With Sync technology, we’re seamlessly connected to the Internet, hands-free, and able to focus on the road but also able to handle guidance and navigation and play your music.

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The most important thing that most countries around the world believe in is letting the markets determine the currency.

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When people feel accountable and included, it is more fun.

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I sleep very well, although sometimes it’s hard to go to sleep ‘cos I’m so excited about the business performance review the following day.

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Information should never be used as a weapon on a team.

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Everybody cares about not only quality and functionality, but they also want the power of choice, whether it’s a small vehicle or a large vehicle.

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The reason I loved working at Boeing was because I loved the idea of air travel as a way of bringing people and cultures together – because when we come together as people and cultures, we realize that we are not that different after all, and when we realize that we are not that different after all, the world becomes a better place.

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There is a great market for cars in the United States – as Honda and Toyota have proven.

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The more senior your management position is, the more important it is to connect the organization or the project to the outside world. You know, how does this fit in with what we’re doing? What is the real goal, the real mission?

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I’ve been very fortunate to be part of projects that are really big and broad.

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Don’t manage your career. Follow your dream and contribute.

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Boeing is a United States icon.

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Some people believe the U.S. can’t compete in the design and manufacture of sophisticated products. I think we absolutely can if we pull together. We have shown that we can do that in commercial airplanes, and we can absolutely prove that we can do that in automobiles.

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Automobiles are fun and exciting. We need them. They are a part of our lives.

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I’m a creative guy, a designer, a customer.

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You can’t manage a secret.

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I think my first-ever car was a Chevrolet, 1960.

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I felt very comfortable moving from aerospace to automobiles.

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Never make a joke or try for humor at someone else’s expense. In a high-stakes environment, everyone needs to feel safe.

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I really like working with talented people to do something for a lot of people around our world.

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The most important thing is to simultaneously deal with reality – really the way it is, not the way you wished it could be or you hoped it could be – but also have a vision about where you want to go.

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