Saturday, August 18, 2007


The American way

A Japanese company and an American company 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 that the Japanese had eight people rowing and one person steering, while the American team had eight people steering and one person rowing.
Feeling that 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 how to utilize that information, but wanting to prevent another loss to the Japanese, the rowing team's management structure was totally reorganized to four steering supervisors, three area steering superintendents and one assistant superintendent steering manager.
They also implemented a new performance system that would give the one person 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 rower.
There was discussion of getting new paddles,canoes and other equipment, plus bonuses and extra vacation days for practices.
The next year the Japanese won by two miles.
Humiliated, the American management laid off the rower 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.
The team was out-sourced to India.

Sadly, the End.

Ford has spent the last thirty years moving all of its factories out of theU.S., claiming that 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 four billion dollars in profits while Ford racked up nine billion dollars in losses.
Ford folks are still scratching their heads


At 9:10 AM CDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Max,

Where can I get a good deal on a Lexus?


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