Borrowing Genius

   Diego Rivera - Detroit Institute of Arts

 Diego Rivera - Detroit Institute of Arts

Henry Ford did not invent the assembly line (any more than Steve Jobs’ MacIntosh was the first GUI). These men saw something in a different context and borrowed the ideas for their own applications. Ransom E. Olds held the patent for the assembly line. But Henry Ford, inspired by the “disassembly” line of the Swift Meatpacking business, where pig and cow carcasses moved past workers to be butchered, inspired him to create the first moving automotive assembly line which would help him step up production on his wildly popular Model T. What idea has caught your eye recently? How could you apply it to what you’re working on?