Ford is Getting Lean Right in Brazil

"It's the work, not the man that manages."

And with those words, Henry Ford accurately described his solitary focus in designing the original Ford Production System that touted continuous production, the moving assembly line, interchangeable and standardized parts, a division of labor, simple and standardized repetitive tasks, an integrated supply chain, and continual reduction in waste.

The concept of focusing on design of work, across silos of control, according to defined rules of change and design is very pertinent to each of us in healthcare. Our challenge as leaders to is adapt these successful approaches that engage the entire workforce to our unique environment.

We have been doing that across the laboratories of the HFHS through our culture- the Henry Ford Production System. Our practical experiences over 4 years, especially the leadership required to change to that culture, are shared in 2 day LEAN training courses throughout the year (2010 schedule below). We are very proud to recognize the entire Henry Ford Transplant Institute, HFH Operating Room Services, HF Macomb Cardiac Surgery and Biobehavioral Services as students of the HFPS.

"We know from the changes that have already been brought about that far greater changes are to come, and that therefore we are not performing a single operation as well as it ought to be performed." - Henry Ford