Lean Thanksgiving

One of our own talks up the health benefits of good food a lot. Gerard Van Grinsven's leadership perspective as a former general manager at Ritz-Carlton is a game-changer as President and CEO of Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital. I, for one, always learn something from our conversations.

Ironically, at times Gerard sounds very much like our founder Henry Ford, another innovator, who also thought 'outside the box'. Regarding his perspective on new product development, Henry said: "If I had asked my customers what they want, they simply would have said a faster horse." Like Henry Ford, Gerard didn't develop what most would expect from a hospital experience at West Bloomfield.

They have something else in common. Both preach the preventative benefit of diet and good food.

"The best doctors seem to agree that the cure for most indispositions is to be found in diet and not in medicine. Why not prevent that illness in the first place? It all leads up to this - if bad food causes illness, then the perfect food will cause health. And that being the case, we ought to search for that perfect food - and find it. When we have found it, the world will have taken its greatest single step forward." -Henry Ford (1926)

I believe turkey is considered lean.

But if you eat too much, here's more advice from Henry Ford that I am going with-

"Exercise is bunk. If you are healthy, you don't need it: if you are sick you should not take it."

Have a wonderful celebration of Thanksgiving! I'm off to see my Mom, we will talk the real lean talk again next week.