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Henry Ford opines on the positive side of problem solving

When people think of Detroit they think of the automotive industry which will inevitably turn to one of the Motor City’s most famous residents, Henry Ford.

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Flags were lowered at the Ford Motor Company headquarters in Dearborn, MI, on March 9, 2014, to honor the passing of William Clay Ford, Henry Ford's last surviving grandson.
Flags were lowered at the Ford Motor Company headquarters in Dearborn, MI, on March 9, 2014, to honor the passing of William Clay Ford, Henry Ford's last surviving grandson.Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

Many think of Ford as the inventor of the automobile. Nothing could be further from the truth. Although Ford was an avid inventor and admired other inventors, especially Thomas Edison, his inventions were process based – not manufactured products.

Ford’s inventiveness is as timeless as his ideas. He conceptualized the assembly line allowing cars to be made it more economically than in the past. He also introduced the concept of franchising dealerships as he developed a nationwide network to sell enough cars to keep his assembly lines rapidly moving.

Of course any process is prone to problems. Ford faced more than his share as he developed problem-solving skills to enable his assembly lines in franchise network to succeed.

The key element for him was to refine from trying to lay blame.

“Do not find fault, find a solution,” said Ford.

Leaders today need to heed these words as they face the bevy of problems that are going to be coming their way..

This is another installment of a series of motivational quotes providing information about the persons being quoted and the application to our daily life. It is based on material prepared by getmaximpact.com of Rochester Hills, Mich., and is intended as a tool for building the success of today’s business professionals. It is a ©2014 copyright by getmaximpact.com and used with their permission.

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