Monday, January 23, 2006

Ford lays off thousands

Ford cuts US workforce by a fifth Guardian Unlimited - 35 minutes ago Ford, the US car giant, today announced another round of cuts that will mean the loss of between 25,000 and 30,000 jobs in North America. The news comes on top of previously announced losses of 4,000 salaried ... Ford Cuts At Least 25,000 Jobs Turn to Ford's 4Q Earnings Climb on Cost Reductions Washington Post
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Is it time for the large corporations to learn from small corporations yet? Something that Japanese companies have over American corporations is less public scrutiny and less cowtowing to shareholders. Sony, for instance, does what they want and they innovate. What did Ford do? They bought Toyota hybrid technology hardware, and did their own software. Public corporations and government entities cannot innovate because they have to answer to the public constituency.
Small companies are the reason that America has a strong economy. I hope that those laid off will start their own companies and really answer Kenedy's call: "Don't ask what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." That is a truth that lines the foundation of all success. It isn't about what you get, but about what you give.
This is a rampant problem with our society today. Only 18% of Harris County residents show up for Jury Duty when they are summoned. Those people are more worried about getting than giving and with less giving our society will begin to fail as is happening in the microcosm of jury duty service.
Do you want more criminals on the street for longer? Then don't do jury duty service. Do you want murders out on bail for more than a month, what about a year or more? Then keep looking for what you are getting and don't care enough to serve others around you.
To step out of the corporate world and into business ownership takes alot, but it will deliver alot as well.
All of the great companies in America started as a small company built on the sweat and tears of someone with a dream to serve his fellow Americans. Come on, join those of us serving our country.

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