I knew, before starting to write this post, what we all know about Henry Ford: founder of
It turned out that Ford was a veritable source of pithy and insightful one-liners on business Y leadership – and a fascinating human being, too. He certainly had the dark side to him (she seems to have been an anti-Semite for at least part of her life, believing in a worldwide conspiracy of “Jewish financiers”), but at the same time he was hugely progressive and progressive in many ways. other ways. For example, he hired African-Americans, women, and people with disabilities long before most business owners, and he was passionately committed to paying good wages to recruiting and keeping the best employees. He was a relentless technological innovator, based on his commitment to create “the best possible products at the lowest possible price.” He focused on making continuous design and production changes that would reduce costs and improve the product. For example, the inaugural Model T, released for sale in 1908, cost $825 (about $22,000 in today’s dollars); by 1916, it had cut the cost by more than half, to $360, while increasing safety, reliability, and speed. And for better or worse, Henry Ford, more than any other individual, made us a nation of car owners; at one point, more than half the families in America owned a Ford car.
Here then, for your reading pleasure: 21 very fresh and inspiring quotes from this complex and remarkable man:
There is a rule for the industrialist and it is: manufacture goods of the best possible quality at the lowest possible cost, paying the highest possible wages.
Going together is a start; staying together is progress; working together is success.
Don’t find fault, find a remedy.
Failure is simply the chance to start over, this time smarter.
Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.
Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.
Employers only handle money – it is the client who pays the wages.
Thinking is the hardest job there is, which is probably why so few engage in it.
The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.
If I had asked people what they wanted they would have said ‘faster horses’.
You can’t build a reputation on what you’re going to do.
If there is any secret to success, it lies in the ability to get another person’s point of view and to see things from that person’s point of view, as well as your own.
Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes shine to the stars.
Vision without execution is just hallucination.
There is no man alive who is not capable of doing more than he thinks he can do.
A business that makes nothing but money is a bad business.
I can’t find anyone who knows enough to say what is and what is definitely not possible.
A business absolutely dedicated to service will only have one concern: profit. They will be embarrassingly large.
It is not necessary to hold a position to be a leader.
Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.
Doing more for the world than the world does for you, that’s success.