Posts Tagged ‘ford’

Henry Ford, June 4, 1896 – A story of Passion and Perseverance

June 4, 2012 1 comment

It was on a 4th of June – June 4, 1896 – that Henry Ford first drove his Quadricycle, an ethanol-powered proto-automobile. Ford was 32. He had left the family farm at 15. The quadricycle was the outcome of many years of passion for everything mechanical, from watches to industrial machines, and perseverance in experimenting with portable engines. Read more…


Breakthrough innovators have a no trade-off mentality

February 6, 2010 2 comments

In her paper Turning Design Thinking into Design Doing, Heather Fraser highlights that breakthrough innovators have a “no trade-off” mindset. Not accepting any trade-off is a form of connecting the dots: there is A and there is B, people say we can’t have both but somehow the innovator finds a way to connect them. When all marketing text books are about making trade-offs, this is a refreshing statement.

Bill Ford, recently interviewed by McKinsey Quarterly, provides a great illustration: Read more…