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Motivation from business leaders: Henry Ford on finding fault, problem solving

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Without a doubt the most renowned business leader Detroit has ever produced is Henry Ford (1863 - 1947). He revolutionized the industrial age with his invention of an assembly line where the product moved instead of the workers. Today this seems logical but prior to Ford the main part of a product was stationary and workers moved from station to station for repetitive tasks. Ford not only saved time and increased productivity it was favored by employees.

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But with the assembly line came other problems, especially as automation became more advanced. Wrong parts ended up on cars, the line would shut down or parts would not be available.

“Don’t find fault, Ford would say, “____________”. Here are some choices to finish the quote:

  1. Find a solution.
  2. Until you’ve looked at all sides.
  3. Restart the line.
  4. The line has restarted.

To see the correct quote ending, click here.

Ford’s wisdom is as timeless as his ideas. A lesser known invention of Ford's is franchising. He was the first automaker to develop a nationwide dealership network, enabling him to sell more cars.

This is another installment of a series of quotes by business leaders. A successful business builder knows how to challenge people to be their personal best. Short quotes from them often serve as an inspirational thought of the day.

Guillermo Williams of in Rochester Hills, Mich., recommends using motivational stories to help set a workplace culture of success.

“Motivational quotes are a great way to set a positive tone at the beginning of a week, workday or meeting,” says Williams. “By adding some information about the person being quoted you create credibility for the speaker and make the quote more impactful.”

This quote can be used for an individual’s daily reflection, preferably in the morning to get their attitude focused for the day. It also serves as an anecdote for employee training in the areas of:

  • Problem solving.
  • Creative thinking.
  • Goal setting.

This series is based on a motivational series from and is used by permission.



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