Wrong, Mulally is a proven performer who still has a lot of energy and drive. Ford is lucky to have him and while he may not get the MSFT top job, it doesn't mean he's not a strong contender. Mulally did a great job at Boeing and has done a great job at Ford....he's still got gas in the tank if he wants to stay in the game for another 5-10 years.
I'm all for him staying at Ford. That's my point. He ain't going to leave. Just like Saban isn't leaving Alabama for Texas. Saban just wants to feel the love, a raise in pay. Mulally, I hear him yelling now. "SHOW ME THE MONEY"
The problem with that 23 year old is he has doesn't know the first thing about corporate structure and efficiency as it pertains to a global corporation. That is why you need one with both skills or two separate individuals who can work as one.
I absolutely agree with your comments (lovelincolns) but I'm not sure MSFT has the same problems that an international manufacturing organization such as F and Boeing would have....MSFT has issues in the product development arena and in particular mobile computing...it will be interesting to see if MSFT needs Mulally's fine organizational skills or someone with a stronger sense of what is next in technology where I think he is less qualified.
MSFT isn't broken. They need to hire the next big thing. They compete with the Social network companies like FB and TWTR. I just don't see Mulally doing anything like that. If MSFT wanted a world player, they would hire the NOK dude. Mulally is playing just because he is from the the NW and he hates flying. Mulally is playing the Ford BOD for more money.