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Model I an Innovation Journey - The Henry Ford
Design Thinking process from the Henry Ford Museum
mets  designthinking  henryford 
october 2018 by amann
Which Henry Caused the Reformation? | Carl R. Trueman | First Things
“Yet catastrophist and triumphalist narratives, however sophisticated and nuanced the idiom, always suffer from a basic error: They oversimplify. To portray Luther as shattering church authority is to miss a simple historical truth: Church authority was already in a state of collapse and confusion by Luther’s day. Medieval Catholicism was a mess. Luther was responding to chaos, not creating it. Yet to portray Luther as recovering the pure gospel is really no better. It ignores his obvious connections to later medieval theology and the fact that he tore Protestantism itself in two, paving the way for the chaotic fragmentation we have today. Modern Evangelicals might portray him as one of their own, but they would have been no more acceptable to him than were the Zwinglians and Anabaptists of his own day.”
Reformation  HenryFord  CarlTrueman 
december 2017 by cbearden
RT : In 1939, millions of Americans, following the lead of & others, LOVED the .
Charlottesville  Nazis  HenryFord  from twitter
august 2017 by kcarruthers
Donald Trump and Fascism in America
Published on Dec 12, 2016
On this episode of The Geopolitical Report, we look at Donald Trump and the alt-right movement and the attempt by the establishment to portray them as dangerous fascists. Behind the sensationalistic and misleading headlines designed to frighten the American people and widen the political divide, there is another story: how the United States has consistently supported, enabled, and coddled real fascists in Europe under Operation Gladio and backing fascist dictators in Latin America. We also examine the fascist and authoritarian character of the corporate oligarchy.
KurtNimmo  SibelEdmonds  Newsbud  AltRight  FacismInAmerica  Fascism  Mussolini  AdolphHitler  BushFamilyNaziSupport  PrescottBush  HenryFord  DinaldTrump  SteveBannon  Delicious 
december 2016 by juandante
Maker Faire Detroit
On the way to at the - a carnival of curiosities!
Nice weather today too: 75º no rain
HenryFord  MakerFaireDetroit  from twitter_favs
july 2016 by vielmetti
How the ‘first-in-last-out’ ethic is creating a culture of overwork | Guardian Sustainable Business | The Guardian
[via: https://workfutures.io/message-ansel-on-overwork-jenkin-on-the-workplace-cortese-on-stocksy-mohdin-on-project-3cb6502c79a8 ]

"There is no doubt that working long hours in short sprints is sometimes necessary. But years of research shows that consistently logging too much at the office harms both productivity and the quality of one’s work. For certain jobs, such as those in the medical or industrial fields, overwork raises the prevalence of accidents and mistakes that can be costly and dangerous. This was a major reason Henry Ford cut the workweek to 40 hours back in 1914, and saw profits and productivity soar.

Office staff that are overworked spend time doing increasingly meaningless tasks and tend to get lost in the weeds, eventually becoming unproductive. Stanford University economist John Pencavel found that a worker’s output drops sharply if he or she works too much. In one study, employees who put in more than 70 hours of work a week accomplished little more than those who worked 56 hours on a consistent weekly basis. In other words, those extra 14 hours were a complete waste of time.

If we know the consequences of overwork, why do businesses think it’s a good strategy? Employers face fixed costs per employee, which means that inducing one employee to put in long hours, even if they are less productive, may be cheaper than hiring a second employee to split the work.

Rising inequality is another factor in this equation. As businesses have downsized their labor force over the past several decades, a trend exacerbated by the recession of 2008, spending extra time at the office felt like a small price to pay for those who remained. Research shows that overwork is especially prevalent within many occupations that have the biggest gap between their highest and lowest-paid workers, including business and finance, the legal profession, and computer and mathematical science. And while some of these workers are well compensated, there are many more that are putting in an increasing number of hours without seeing any increase in pay."

As a greater number of people began putting in longer hours, overwork became embedded in certain workplaces and organizational cultures. And, while the advent of technology allowed more flexible schedules for many workers, it also blurred the boundaries between work and home. Because evaluating the productivity of creative or knowledge workers is difficult, many managers consciously or subconsciously use long work hours and face time at the office as an evaluation metric rather than more concrete deliverables. A study of one firm by Boston University’s Erin Reid found that managers couldn’t tell the difference between their workers who were working 80-hour weeks, and those who just pretended to work 80 hours (while actually working much less). Both groups did well in their performance reviews. In contrast, those employees who were transparent in their need to work fewer hours were marginalized and received lower performance reviews regardless of what they accomplished.

That’s why we need a cultural shift. The Obama Administration’s decision to raise the overtime income threshold gives some hope that things will change for certain workers. But policy reforms can only go so far. It’s hard to contemplate that any worker will suddenly cite “productivity” and leave the office before their colleagues do without the explicit approval of their boss. Businesses, then, must lead the way, and there are a number of companies that are doing so.

Menlo Innovations in Ann Arbor, Michigan, for example, locks the doors at 6pm and bans employees from working from home because, as CEO Rich Sheridan says, “tired programmers start putting in lots of bugs”. Similarly, Leslie Perlow of Harvard Business School did an experiment with the Boston Consulting Group and found that mandating predictable, required time off resulted in higher employee satisfaction and retention. For these kinds of shorter work hours to be successful, of course, businesses must change the way they evaluate performance and focus on results and not hours.

It’s important that these companies do not apply these policies on a case-by-case basis, which often backfire for those who take advantage of them, primarily women. That is because those who receive this “special treatment” are often resented by colleagues, or seen as less competent. Businesses who truly want to combat overwork, therefore, must implement and enforce policies that apply to everyone.

That begins with ditching the hours-as-productivity model. Managers should instead focus on what is actually being produced rather than how long somebody stayed at work, at least for professional workers. That also means helping employees set realistic deadlines, and then getting out of the way. Giving workers more autonomy over their work results in greater efficiency, and results in more engaged, happier workers as well.

Managers must set an example and protect non-work time by limiting their own after-hours communication, and mandating more regular work hours and vacations. They should also clearly define this non-work time, and not leave it to their employees to set boundaries. In fact, telling employees to take as much time as they need may actually result in people taking less time off, as they tend to fall back on the expectation that “good” employees are the ones that work the hardest.

With all due respect to Mr Bloomberg, most of us have responsibilities outside of work that make it impossible to fulfill this “first-in-last-out” mindset. And even if we could, it’s clear that doing so not only wastes our time but also the time and money of our employers."
work  productivity  bridgetansel  workism  workaholism  henryford  history  economics  johnpencavel  overwork  labor  culture  social  leadership  management  administration 
july 2016 by robertogreco
Inside the Decaying Ruins of Henry Ford's Failed Utopia 'Fordlandia': Car Maker Wanted to Recreate American Factories in the Middle of the Rainforest
Deep in the Brazilian rainforest is a relic of the Ford empire from the 1920s, left over from when the entrepreneur Henry Ford tried to create his own rubber plant to feed his Michigan factories.

As the popularity of the car increased, so too did demand for rubber, which at the time was being mainly supplied by British companies working in Southeast Asia.

Seeing a way to make his own production line more self-sufficient, and convinced of the merits of the working environments he had created, Ford decided to replicate his Michigan plants in Brazil.
henryford  fordlandia  brazil  ford  michigan  usa  2013 
june 2016 by Frontrunner
Henry Ford’s Campaign to Make America Great Again
In the 1924 presidential election, the most hyped candidate was an egotistical and fabulously wealthy businessman who many politicians did not believe would really run.

That man was legendary carmaker Henry Ford, and the resemblance between his political un-career and Donald Trump’s is striking.
henryford  donaldtrump  makeamericagreatagain  fordlandia  capitalism  globalism  history  2016 
june 2016 by Frontrunner
The Refragmentation
Paul Graham writes on the "refragmentation," discussing societal changes that were driven by WW2 and the rise of large corporations and how the world has evolved from this.
pg  paulgraham  ww2  corporations  henryford 
january 2016 by fraser
No, Trump isn’t the next Hitler: But his real historical comparison is still scary - Salon.com
I think this gets at the kind of Overton Window shifting I worry about. I knew about Lindbergh's antisemitism broadly, but this is some interesting history trivia as well.
islamophobia  hitler  2016election  history  henryford  salon  arthurchu  wwii  donaldtrump  antisemitism 
december 2015 by UltraNurd
"Há mais pessoas que desistem do que pessoas que fracassam"
henryford  from twitter_favs
may 2015 by davidgusmao

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