Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld, professor Brandeis University; Dan Brooks, leader with UAW; and Martin Mulloy, Ford VP-Global Labor Affairs, co-authors of Inside the Ford-UAW Transformation: Pivotal Events in Valuing Work and Delivering Results. This two-part podcast examines the events that led to Ford’s 2009 decision not to accept federal bailout funds, and extraordinary collaboration and relationship shift between all stakeholders that allowed Ford to avoid bankruptcy, and return to sustained profitability.
In the Overland Profiles in Collaboration Interview series, we share first-hand accounts from union leaders, management executives and organizational change experts who have led, and lived, conflict-to-collaboration transformations.
When we can work together... we wind up with my fingerprints and your fingerprints on the final product. We're much more likely to embrace it-- to operate with it-- because we helped design it. That's collaboration," said Randy Babbitt, Southwest Airlines senior vice president of labor relations, retired FAA Administrator, and former president of the Airline Pilots Association
These leaders have disproved the myth that labor and management have to be adversaries by the very nature of their roles; that confrontation is what they do; that disagreeable is just how they are. Their stories are inspiring; their results impressive, their resolve unshakeable.