In what frankly is a somewhat unusually forceful (and to me, impressive) display of leadership, Bill Ford has laid it on the line in a message to employees: Either get behind the company's attempts to turn things around, or find work elsewhere. Now, whether this works to weed out the passive-aggressive types remains to be seen, but this statement in combination with Ford's new web-based suggestion system should at least give employees the feeling of some ownership and urgency. While I'm sure that this would be a great place for a snarky comment about the Detroit Lions, I'm just not feeling up to it right now.

This message comes as part of a series of less-formal communications from Bill Ford, which means he at least recognizes that this is no time for management to retreat into a corner and leave employees wondering what's going on with the company.

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