Say It Skillfully® – Alan Mulally, Living One Integrated Life

Say It Skillfully®

Sep 5 2023 • 1 hr 1 min

Say It Skillfully® is a show that helps you to benefit from Molly Tschang’s expert guidance on the best possible ways to speak your mind at work in a positive and productive manner. In Episode 196, Molly is joined by one of the world’s greatest leaders, Alan Mulally, who led Boeing to the global leader of commercial airplanes and Ford to the #1 automotive brand in the USA. Alan shares his leadership journey and his “Working Together” System, honed as he’s led hundreds of thousands of people in creating value for all the stakeholders and the greater good.

We dedicate this episode to the indomitable Frances Hesselbein, who taught us:
“Work is love made visible.”
“Who you are as a person is going to have more to do with your leadership, service and contribution than anything else.”

The foundation of Alan’s life of service started at home in Lawrence, Kansas. He reminisces about the daily words impressed upon him by his parents, not least of which included:
“Remember Alan, to serve is to live.”
“Seek to understand before you seek to be understood.”
“It's nice to be important. But it's more important to be nice.”

If you don’t hear it for yourself, it may be hard to believe Alan’s career path… He recounts an early epiphany as bag checker at the grocery store—from humble beginnings and struggling to fit in, to the very top echelons of business Alan was always guided by humility, love and service. He delves into how being grounded in your authentic self is the key to saying it skillfully (authenticity = alignment between your beliefs, values and behaviors). And Alan offers how being who you are and developing an integrated life (vs. balancing work and life) has made all the difference!

Don’t miss learning about Alan’s Working Together Strategic, Operational and Stakeholder-center System, which has underpinned his and his organizations’ success. Reference materials will be available on Molly’s LinkedIn post for you to follow along and help you put the system into practice.

Join Alan and Molly in being the change you want to see in our world! Be a “Working Together” Leader—I to we and me to service!

Molly’s thought for the week (Thank you Alan’s Mom):
The purpose of life: love and be loved—in that order!

P.S. To help you in “Working Together”, amp up how you communicate as a leader! Take Molly’s 1st LinkedIn Learning course, “Leadership Communication in the Flow of Work.” Here’s the link for free 24-hr access