Henry Ford In Detroit

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Outline Introduction Detroit – Beginnings Background of Henry Ford Detroit - Ford Era and Beyond Background of Dan Gilbert Detroit – Gilbert Era and Today Ford and Gilbert Philanthropy and Detroit Ford and Gilbert Leadership/Management Styles Comparisons Five Lessons Conclusion Introduction With the standardization and affordability of the Model T, Henry Ford left a mark on Detroit that changed the city forever. The city thrived and attracted people from all over the world in droves. Today, Detroit is often the brunt of many jokes and is in a current state of disarray. Dan Gilbert, who’s more well-known titles include the founder of Quicken Loans and owner of the Cleveland Caveliers, is looking to take the current state of…show more content…
In an average year, he gave away about a third of his income. For comparison purposes, most people in his tax bracket give away about five percent. Ford didn’t care much for institutionalized charity and preferred to give small gifts to individuals such as food, money, or automobiles face-to-face. Although he didn’t care much for institutionalized philanthropy, it didn’t stop Ford from undergoing some massive philanthropic projects. The first was Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. In 1914, Detroit residents wanted to build a modern medical facility, but when it was half completed, construction was halted due to massive debts. Ford took the project over and completed it with his own money. He then served as the first president of the hospital and continued to give large amounts of money to the hospital throughout his life. The interesting part of the Henry Ford hospital was the way Ford chose for it to run. At the time, the patients of the hospital were working class citizens, many from the auto industry who could not afford excellent health care. Ford subsidized the costs of the medical care, but made sure that the patients still had to pay for a portion of their costs. He wanted his patients to feel as if they were getting excellent health care, but not recipients of charity, reflecting his own ideals of hard-work and…show more content…
Although he gave his employees great benefits, he expected extremely hard work and dedication from them. He didn’t take criticism from others well and believed that his most significant adviser should be himself. Even when Edsel was named president of the company, internally, Henry refused to lose control and reportedly never truly stepped down. By depending only on himself, as time went on he failed to recognize the changing needs and wants of the consumers. The Model T became outdated in the 1920’s. Ford shut down the plant for five months and introduced only mildly successful cars known as the Model A and V-8. Ford didn’t adjust his management style during this time and the Ford Motor Company lost dominance in the automobile industry to General Motors and Chrysler. Henry Ford also refused to sign contracts with the United Automobile Workers (UAW) when this was the standard industry practice. He hired spies and company police to prevent his employees from becoming unionized. Although in 1941, he did agree to have Ford become a member of

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