Biography[ edit ] Early life and education[ edit ] Gilbreth was born in Fairfield, Maine on July 7,
Two anxious parents led to a very anxious child. Lillie was smart and solitary, although very shy. They were caring, let her read whatever she wanted, made sure she kept up with her studies and tried to get her to go to school…which was a fail until they finally got her into a class of younger children.
Oakland High this building was in use until the year before she graduated…with Jack London…how about that? They may have believed that it was a path to motherhood for her, but let them, right?
The University of California, Berkeley, was within commuting distance and Lillie set off to learn to become a teacher. UC Berkeley circa ….
Lillie was a woman, transformed. She was killing it in the land of Academia! First her masters and before she started work on her doctorate she took a little vacay. The destination was Europe; the souvenir was love.
Between California and her Grand Tour, in one of those romantic opposites attract situations, she met Frank Gilbreth. He had an established construction business that was built oh, sure, pun intended on his ability to streamline production through studies of how workers moved— motion studies.
She was able to help with business organization while she continued her education. Lillian and Frank began to have children fairly quickly and between and she gave birth to their planned full dozen, although one girl died in early childhood.
Lillian also began to steer her education toward combining engineering and psychology and became a pioneer in the field of Organizational Psychology. This really is the fast-forward version, you should listen to the podcast for all the juicy bits. Together Lillian and Frank were an amazing business team: How did workers work?
While he was streamlining workers tasks, she was advising on the best psychological ways to make them more productive and together they were looking to find the one best way to do anything.
She wrote the books and the papers all while being home with the children and he worked directly with heads of industry and conducted motion studies specific to each company. Every mom who works from home can relate. Lillian Gilbreth with eight of her children, undated.
Both parents were very busy with the business, so each child had responsibilities at home and the kids were often testers for efficiency theories.
Not only did Frank and Lillian work as a team, the whole family did. If you listened to the episode this would make sense.Frank B. Gilbreth Jr. was born in in Plainfield, New Jersey, and graduated from the University of Michigan. He became a lieutenant commander in the U.S.
Navy during World War II and received a Bronze Star and Air Medal. Frank and Lillian Gilbreth, the husband-and-wife team made their contribution in fatigue and motion studies to eliminate wasteful hand-and-body motions.
•! The Gilbreths also experimented with the design and use. Frank Bunker Gilbreth (July 7, – June 14, ) was an American engineer, consultant and author, known as early advocate of scientific management and a pioneer of time and motion study, and is perhaps best known as the father and central figure of Cheaper by the Dozen..
Both he and his wife Lillian Moller Gilbreth were industrial engineers and efficiency experts who contributed to the. Peter Drucker? Wess Roberts? Apocryphal? Dear Quote Investigator: When selecting the head of an organization it is tempting to search for the perfect applicant who excels in everything, i.e., the mythical candidate without flaws.
The following two statements provide a counterpoint perspective: Strong people have strong weaknesses. Al Capp? Li’l Abner Yokum? Mammy Yokum?
Dear Quote Investigator: The comic strip “Li’l Abner” created by Al Capp achieved great popularity in the s and s. The setting was the fictional village of Dogpatch in the Southern United States. Lillian Gilbreth, circa s, Courtesy Frank and Lillian Gilbreth papers, (MSP 7, Box , Folder 4) Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries.