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Sad but True

Discussion in 'Humor - Jokes - Games and Diversions' started by Minuteman, Jul 27, 2007.

  1. Minuteman

    Minuteman Chaplain Moderator Founding Member

    A modern parable

    A Japanese company ( Toyota ) and an American company (General Motors) decided to have a canoe race on the Missouri River . Both teams practiced 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 8 people steering and 1 person 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, 3 area steering superintendents and 1 assistant superintendent steering manager. They also implemented a new performance system that would give the 1 person rowing the boat greater incentive to work harder. It was called the 'Rowing Team Quality First Program,' with meetings, dinners and free pens and a certificate of completion for the rower. There was discussion of getting new paddles, canoes and other equipment, extra vacation days for practices and bonuses.

    The next year the Japanese won by two miles.

    Humiliated, the American management laid off the rower (a reduction in workforce) for poor performance, halted development of a new canoe, sold the paddles, and canceled all capital investments for new equipment. The money saved was distributed to the Senior Executives as bonuses and the next year's racing team was "out-sourced" to India .
    Sadly, the End.

    However, sad, but oh so true!

    Here's something else to think about:

    Ford has spent the last thirty years moving 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 U.S.

    The last quarter's results:
    Toyota made 4 billion in profit while Ford racked up 9 billion in losses. Ford folks are still scratching their heads.

  2. CRC

    CRC Survivor of Tidal Waves | RIP 7-24-2015 Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    You're so right MM...

    I have friends in Michigan...small towns outside Detroit...and when I talk to them, they constantly bemoan the economy there..and how poorly the car companies are doing....so many of them are children of people that moved there in the 50's and early 60's to work...and now the kids, (my age and younger) are all starting new "careers" in their 40's and up...they just don't know what to do..
    Can't sell their homes and move, as property values are sooooo down with the economy....can't afford to maintain them unless they've had them a long time with a managable mortgage...it's just a mess....

    It would be funny....

    But it just hits home too close......
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