It's not really a new thing to most folks who work in a corporate setting. The higher up you go, the more meetings you sit in. At Ford, not anymore, says Chairman and CEO Bill Ford.

A memo written to corporate officers and senior execs by Bill Ford that made its way to the Detroit News said that he would be cutting down on the number of meetings, and even where a meeting is necessary, he would make sure that everybody in attendance absolutely needs to be there. In the memo, Ford stressed that meetings weren't seen-and-be-seen affairs or a continuation of "that's the way we've always done it;" rather, meetings have to have a strong bearing on turning the company around and getting the job done. The goal is to get folks at lower levels within the organization to make decisions on their own, hastening Ford's recovery.

The memo comes after Ford assumed some operating responsibilities after the retirement of Jim Padilla, former president and chief operating officer.

So what do you think? A step in the right direction, or a little bit of posturing?

[Source: Detroit News]



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