When I read this article it sounded a lot like Mulally's philosophy. I remember when he first came to Ford and he told the execs in their mandatory meetings that he wanted to hear the negatives as much, if not more, than the positives and I believe Fields was the first one to come forward with problems. Fields was also willing to challenge Mulally with moving forward with Lincoln which was a calculated risk but is proving to pay off. Both Mulally and Fields have proven corporations need this style of management over "yes men or women". I remember a friend of mine who was an executive for a pharmaceutical company said how he would always look for people under him to promote who he thought were smarter and better than he was because while there was always a risk of that smarter person getting his job, those people would make him a bigger success as well as the company and he was willing to accept his best had limits.
Lincoln performed well for May however the biggest gain by far from last year's May sales was the MKX which was up by almost 88% as well as 85% year to date. It's always nice to see a serious Ford post from the few of us that are left..