Author Peter Cohan was never granted an interview with Boeing CEO Jim McNerney.Î¾ He talked with people who've worked closely with the CEO throughout his career.Î¾ But his book You Can't Order Change: Lessons from Jim McNerney's Turnaround at Boeing still shows what leaders at every level can learn from his success.
"There are some CEOs who would love to see a book written about them, who enjoy the glory of having a book written about them.Î¾ But McNerney is not one of these people.Î¾ He's got a very low ego.Î¾ He doesn't need press recognition to achieve satisfaction.Î¾ What he's trying to do is do a good job as CEO."
Ed: "Is he a good motivator?Î¾ What makes him a good CEO?"
"Yes, he's good in four broad areas: motivating people, crafting the strategy so the firm can grow, tightening operations and dealing with communities, including investors and people wo are concerned about the environment."
Cohan says McNerney's consensus-driven leadership style would be of benefit to companies of all sizes.
"In an organization, you have different departments--you know, sales, marketing, manufacturing, purchasing.Î¾ You have to get all those departments heading in the same direction.Î¾ That's something that he does really well that I think is also relevant to a small or a large business.Î¾ And there are a number of other things that I talk about in the book that I think are relevant to both large and small businesses."
Ed: "If you saw him at a party, after te book's been out for a while and you still haven't heard from him, what would yuo say to him?"
"Well, I'd say that I congratulated him on doing such a great job of running the company, and I would love to have a chance to sit down and get his feedback on the book."Î¾Î¾
Ed Mayberry, KUHF Houston Public Radio News.