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1. Posted by chayisun (Budding Member 163 posts) 7y

A Japanese company ( Toyota ) and an American company (Ford Motors) decided
to have a canoe race on the Missouri River .

Both teams practised long and hard to reach their peak performance before the race.

On the big day, the Japanese won by a mile.

The Americans, very discouraged and depressed, decided to investigate the reason for the crushing defeat. A management team made up of senior management was formed to investigate and recommend appropriate action.

Their conclusion was the Japanese had 8 people rowing and 1 person steering,
while the American team had 7 people steering and 2 people rowing.

Feeling a deeper study was in order; American management hired a consulting company and paid them a large amount of money for a second opinion.

They advised, of course, that too many people were steering the boat, while not enough people were rowing.

Not sure of how to utilize that information, but wanting to prevent another loss to the Japanese, the rowing team's management structure was totally reorganized to 4 steering supervisors, 2 area steering superintendents and 1 assistant superintendent steering manager.

They also implemented a new performance system that would give the 2 people rowing the boat greater incentive to work harder.

It was called the 'Rowing Team Quality First Program,' with meetings, dinners and free pens for the rowers. There was discussion of getting new paddles, canoes and other equipment, extra vacation days for practises and bonuses.

The pension program was trimmed to 'equal the competition' and some of the resultant savings were channeled into morale boosting programs and teamwork posters.

The next year the Japanese won by two miles.

Humiliated, the American management laid-off one rower, halted development of a new canoe, sold all the paddles, and cancelled all capital investments for new equipment.

The money saved was distributed to the Senior Executives as bonuses.

The next year, try as he might, the lone designated rower was unable to even finish the race (having no paddles,) so he was laid off for unacceptable performance, all canoe equipment was sold and the next year's racing team was out-sourced to India .

Sadly, the End. Here's something else to think about:

Ford has spent the last thirty years moving all its factories out of the US, claiming they can't make money paying American wages.

TOYOTA has spent the last thirty years building more than a dozen plants inside the US .

The last quarter's results:

TOYOTA makes 4 billion in profits while Ford racked up 9 billion in losses.

Ford folks are still scratching their heads, and collecting bonuses.

Received this as an Email....From a former worker at Ford.....

2. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 7y

Now THERE'S an analogy for ya. Nice one!

3. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 7y

Today, the 3 major players are reporting back to Washington in an attempt to convince Congress they really do have new plans to use the 25 billion loan effectively. Rumor has it, they will postpone their latest junket plans until the government's check has cleared. They don't care to see themselves on the nightly news squandering the taxpayer's money prematurely. They claim the last time they showed up on the TV the cameramen airbrushed out their halos and used a fisheye lens - making them all look like fatcats.

Tomorrow, the leaders of the UAW will be meeting in Detroit to see what they can do to help out the ailing car industry.

4. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 7y

Saw this yesterday, too.

5. Posted by loubylou (Travel Guru 664 posts) 7y

My boyfriend and I were just talking about this the other day and laughing at the fact these companies were sending representatives in private jets to Washington to beg for help. We were saying maybe if the bigwigs gave up their private jets as a starter then the auto industry wouldn't be in such bad shape. That along with all the big fat bonuses the top management will probably get...should make a big difference!

I read an interesting article about a week ago saying that these company executives and bankers who have fouled up a lot of people's lives due to mis-management and bad decisions should be made to publically apologise to everyone who's lives have been affected...now that's something I'd like to see!

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