Magazine article Workforce Management

5 Questions: SHIFTING OUT OF REVERSE

Magazine article Workforce Management

5 Questions: SHIFTING OUT OF REVERSE

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FELICIA FIELDS, vice president of HR and corporate services, Ford Motor Co.

Ford Motor Co.'s turnaround since hiring CEO Alan Mulally in 2006 has been eye-opening. Under his leadership, Ford returned to profitability and embraced a new "One Ford" philosophy. Felicia Fields, vice president of human resources,

oversaw that transformation. She recently spoke with Workforce's Rita Pyrillis.

Ford Motor Co.'s turnaround since hiring CEO Alan Mulally in 2006 has been eye-opening. Under his leadership, Ford returned to profitability and embraced a new "One Ford" philosophy. Felicia Fields, vice president of human resources, oversaw that transformation. She recently spoke with Workforce's Rita Pyrillis.

Workforce: Ford has had a reputation for its competitive, some say cut-throat, culture. How has that changed?

Felicia Fields: 'One Ford' changed everything because it put everybody on the same plan with the same goals and really got everybody focused on delivering [toward] the same plan.

Workforce: What is the 'One Ford' philosophy?

Felicia Fields: It is a set of goals that we work toward, but the behaviors are just as important as the actual objectives. For example, the goals include 'Fostering technical excellence,' that's the 'F' in Ford. …

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