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Thud
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posted 03-17-2005 07:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Thud     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
"None of our men are "experts." We have most unfortunately found it necessary
to get rid of a man as soon as he thinks himself an expert -- because no one
ever considers himself expert if he really knows his job. A man who knows a
job sees so much more to be done than he has done, that he is always pressing
forward and never gives up an instant of thought to how good and how efficient
he is. Thinking always ahead, thinking always of trying to do more, brings a
state of mind in which nothing is impossible. The moment one gets into the
"expert" state of mind a great number of things become impossible."
-- From Henry Ford Sr., "My Life and Work," p. 86 (1922):

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Fastback68
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posted 03-17-2005 07:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastback68   Click Here to Email Fastback68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That's close to the ant colony mentality - which is probably what Mr. Ford dreamed of.
Of course, by taking such an arrogant attitude, it could also be argued that Ford thought himself an "expert" on management!

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 03-17-2005 08:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Fastback68:
That's close to the ant colony mentality - which is probably what Mr. Ford dreamed of.
Of course, by taking such an arrogant attitude, it could also be argued that Ford thought himself an "expert" on management!

It's easy to denigrate the man, but if you actually study up on all he accomplished, you'll be amazed. He turned workers from indentured slaves working 12-16 hours a day, six days a week, for peanuts to workers that people who worked 8 hours a day at decent wages, in addition to coming up with the concept of profit sharing, allowing them to even be able to afford the product they built. Ford pioneered the concept of hiring the handicapped and paying them the same pay as able men, in addition to rehabilitating convicts and teaching them how to earn an honest living. He revolutionized farming, created the concept of the air lines, his plants were models of ergonomics and efficiency, and what was amazing for his time, as he developed cheaper ways to build the cars, he didn't pocket all the profit, he lowered the prices, to enable poorer people to be on wheels and enjoying the freedom and greater economic opportunity it created, and at the same time spreading his market base, and growing his company.

...and that barely scratches the surface of what he did.

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posted 03-17-2005 09:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastback68   Click Here to Email Fastback68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I confess, I'm no scholar of Mr. Ford. I just took that quote as I found it. So what do you make of it, Steve? That quote? It IS an odd notion, to say the least.
You know the first thing I thought of when I read it? We need to get rid of Alex Maybe you too Steve. You know stuff

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posted 03-17-2005 09:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for capri man   Click Here to Email capri man     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
the best thing he did was to invent kingsford charcoal!!!

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 03-17-2005 09:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I agree with it, that's for sure. Some of the biggest idiots I've known have had college degrees. I had a lawyer at my house grab my tv remote, start punching the numbers then she asked me why there was no number display. She thought it was a calculator. Boy, I felt great about that deed.

Ford was a self made man, and he had very little patience for the college grads that came to work at the plant and started spouting theories they read in books. He wanted skilled workers that knew how to do things, not just say they knew. To prove his theory, he took a man working as a floor sweeper and stuck him in the metallurgical department, and he became the top man there.

It all goes along with the old saying that a wise man realizes how much he doesn't know, while a fool thinks he knows it all because he can't imagine there is more to learn than he already has. A wise man learns something new every day.

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 03-17-2005 09:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
...and I'd be the first one to say I'm no expert.

Besides, as a wise old parts manager I used to work with used to say: "You know what an expert is, don't you? It's a guy that used to be a spurt!"

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Thud
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posted 03-17-2005 09:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Thud     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by SteveLaRiviere:
It all goes along with the old saying that a wise man realizes how much he doesn't know, while a fool thinks he knows it all because he can't imagine there is more to learn than he already has. A wise man learns something new every day.


That's what I took the quote to mean.

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