November 06, 2006

What's The Plan?

It has really been befudling people as to why Ford isn't showing some signs of recovery yet. I mean, they have been "reorganizing" now for quite some time.

I kept thinking, "man their plan sucks, they probably need to tweak it or get a whole new plan"

Well I cam across an article in Fortune magazine this past week, an interview with the new CEO, Alan Mullally and now I realized why Ford is still where they are at.

But what we didn't have was a business plan. And so my experience, that has been that it's an absolutely critical part of the management system to review every week what the plan is that we're on: the business environment of the customers, the vehicles, the revenues, - every part of it.

And so, we started with a business plan here. It was a little rugged at first. But, I'm including everybody. So everybody on my team worldwide is in that meeting, which starts at 8 o'clock, and getting the data to show us where the problem areas are now, so we can deal with the issues.




I mean, if you are going to reorganize something, you should have a plan that tells you how you are going to do it. Ford was flying by the seat of their pants, they had no plan. How the hell do you expect to change something if you have no plans on how you are going to do that?

It surprises me because Junior has an MBA, you would think a business person would know about Business plans.

It shocks me that they didn't have a plan, but now explains why they were not going anywhere.

Hopefully now that they have one we might start to see a little ray of sunshine.

Posted by Quality Weenie at November 6, 2006 08:04 AM | TrackBack

Plan? We don't need no stinking plan!

Heh, sounds much like Motorola for a long time... although I think they had a plan - it was just a bad one. *sigh*

Posted by: Teresa at November 8, 2006 10:31 PM