Henry Ford Innovations that led to Operational excellence

Be ready to revise any system, scrap any method, abandon any theory, if the success of job requires it’- Henry Ford

This quotes from Ford sums up the leadership mantra. Henry Ford was famous for his business acumen and operational excellence.  One of Henry Ford innovations is the assembly line which restructures the auto industry. He is also famous for his business and leadership quotes. He inspired millions through his intriguing quotes. He famously said,

Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason so few engage in it

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Henry Ford left his family when he was 16. He persevered and kept innovating. Innovation is basically of two types. One is process driven and other is product driven. He did both. On one hand he gave the world assembly lines and automation, on the other hand he gifted us model T.

When we speak of cars, one name that comes immediately in the mind is of Henry Ford. It was innovation by Henry Ford that made cars an expensive commodity from what was a luxury reserved for the royals.



Henry Ford- A background

Henry Ford (July 30, 1863 – April 7, 1947) was an American industrialist, the founder of the Ford Motor Company, and sponsor of the development of the assembly line technique of mass production. Ford was a great motivator and his management skills were exemplary. His knack of keeping abreast with innovations in technology and changes in human behaviour made him a revolutionary industrialist who changed the automobile industry. Ford was a visionary leader who revolutionized how people perceived industry and he led the industrial reforms in automobile industry. He led as an example and took great pride in his accomplishments.

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Henry Ford innovations- The assembly line

Ford also initiated several training programmes and in his own ways enhanced skill training. He believed, work and training were the only catalysts to keep the mind and body young. Innovation was always a propelling factor for Ford. While working as an engineer for the Edison Illuminating Company, he built his first gasoline-powered horseless carriage, in the backyard of his home. In 1913, he introduced the world’s first moving assembly line of cars.

Henry Ford innovations are not limited to assembly lines or model T. He kept innovating continuously for sustained advantages. He persevered and kept innovating. He started innovating early, really early. Henry Ford innovations are discussed in an interesting post of Oninnovation Innovators-Ford

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Henry Ford – History gives an extremely interesting and detailed description of all innovations by Henry Ford. The site also details his journey towards achieving what at one time seemed impossible. He reversed the process of automobile manufacturing. He innovated so that a car was available to buy in less than $1000. His company sold over one thousand car in its first year. The success story continued and still continues for Ford Motors.

Cars used to be a luxury at that time and belonged to the rich or to be precise to the super rich. Ford believed, he could ensure, each household in USA has at least one car which was no less than a revolutionary idea at that time. His critics even laughed off the vision but Ford always believed if you think you can, you are right. He championed mass production technique which eventually allowed his company to turn out one model T every 24 second.

Related article from Harvard Business Review- Henry Ford

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Henry Ford innovations- A tribute

Ford was revolutionary in his thought. His innovations within the engineering and automobile sector were not only exemplary but also inspirational. He was a role model for his generation and beyond and still continues to be regarded as one of the most creative and influential people in the history. A short video below shows through a ballad the journey of the company Ford on shoulders of Henry Ford and his great legion (Credits- Mitch Taylor).

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