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John Henry has been working in industry for 30 years as a manager and as a consultant. He is internationally known for his work in lean manufacturing and particularly in lean changeover. He also has 25 years experience teaching operations management, packaging technology and other subjects at the post-graduate level. He has an MBA from InterAmerican University with dual concentrations in Operations Management and in Human Resource Management. He has a MS in Business Education from Southern New Hampshire University. John may be contacted through his website at www.changeover.com or by e-mail at johnhenry@changeover.com --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC (January 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0766127745
  • ISBN-13: 978-0766127746
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.6 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,755,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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T. Humma
Mr. Ford is clear on the purpose of a company - to build products and provide services that meet the needs of its customers.
John J. Oneill Jr.
It provides a unique insight into the mind of Henry Ford- one of the most influential people of the 20th Century.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Michael A Paradies on October 24, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Sometimes with the pace of business we don't take the time to review the thoughts and concepts of the great people of the past. When I read this book I was amazed at his level of thinking. We tend to believe that "our" generation is always coming up with the great thoughts and ideas. If this is your thinking you need to step back 100 years or so to the life and times of Henry Ford. All we are doing is reinventing what he did.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By David G. Stokes on February 14, 2001
Format: Hardcover
It was amazing to read that many of the ideas and ideals around the turn of the twentieth century are still used today. Ford goes into great detail describing the origination of the Ford motor company, the labor force, the assembly line, and financial situations of the company. At a time when most of the male workers across the country were working for fifty cents a day, Ford incorporated a minimum wage of from three to five dollars a day. Henry Ford did a good job writing this book as well. There were several examples of sage advice include which are quoted by speakers and writers to this day. He was truly a visionary, business minded genius. The world was certainly improved by his presence. I'm looking forward to reading other of his works in the future.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Bob on March 28, 2009
Format: Paperback
While obviously self-serving, this book provides fascinating insights into the thinking of a true pioneer. Just when you start to think it is dated, you hit a section with startling current relevence.

I wish the leaders of GE had heeded his warnings about getting so wrapped up in financing structure and accounting results that you get distracted from your basic business and your customers' needs.

His approach to driving does costs and creating value are profound to this day. It's too bad the finance wizards at GM and Ford forgot his lessons - the leaders of Toyota and Honda learned them well.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Biz Reader on September 2, 2006
Format: Paperback
First I want to tell you what this book is not. It is not a biography. It really isn't a biography of the Ford motor company either. What it is is the mind of Ford on paper. Henry Ford was a pure genius! This book is about how Henry ran his company and about his thoughts and ideals on business. You will really get to know the man behind the company in this book. A few of the chapter titles are "What I Learned about Business", "The Secret of Manufacturing and Serving", "Wages", "Why Not Always have Good Business" and "Money - Master or Servant". This is one of the top business books ever written. I think it was written very well and it just grabs your attention from the begining. If you are looking for a great business book or just a great book about the real Henry Ford then you need not look any further. He certainly was one of the best business men to ever live.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous on August 31, 2005
Format: Paperback
A wonderfully candid look into the life of an incredibly successful and brilliant businessman. Henry Ford was a genius but never lost touch with the common man. He did a great deal to raise the standard of living for his workers. It was very interesting to take a peek into the mind of this great industrialist.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Luke D. Thompson on January 28, 2012
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Henry Ford was driven by efficiency, and this book offers a fascinating perspective of how he shaped the company from the beginning. From tractors to hospitals, from starting a school for boys to finding factory work for blind men, Ford explains why he and the company made the decisions they made. This book is highly recommended for anyone interested in the history of the Ford Motor Company or of Henry Ford's vision.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John J. Oneill Jr. on May 12, 2007
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I read about this book while doing some research into Lean management. Taiichi Ohno, "father" of the Toyota Production System noted that he learned many lean principles from Henry Ford. After finishing this book, I would recommend that EVERY CEO in this country be REQUIRED to read it. It is a wonderfully clear description of management and leadership principles that all companies should embrace. Mr. Ford is clear on the purpose of a company - to build products and provide services that meet the needs of its customers. If we do this, as he notes, the money will follow. We get it backwards so often these days - we think the purpose of a company is to make money or increase its share price.

As opposed to most business books where one idea is promoted and beaten to death, Mr. Ford's book is full of good ideas on all aspects of managing a business. It's a delightfully refreshing read!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Newell A. Franks II on November 9, 2006
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It is little wonder why the leaders at Toyota give Henry Ford the credit for leading them to the promised land of LEAN and TPS. He was way ahead of his time and in some respects his vision is still way ahead of our time. What an amazing personality, mind, and story.
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