Book Excerpt: Decide & Deliver

It had been an interesting weekend. Alan Mulally, then CEO of Boeing's Commercial Airplanes division, had spent it with Bill Ford and Ford's family outside Detroit. Mulally mostly listened. Ford told how his family's once great auto company had come to the brink of collapse. He proposed that Mulally replace him as CEO. Mulally hadn't ever thought of working anywhere but Boeing—after all, he had been there since 1969, and it was now 2006. But Ford Motor Company really needed help. And Mulally began to think that he might be able to offer some.

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