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    Something to consider, A Modern Parable

    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, whi le not
    enough people were r owing.

    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 Executive s 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 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.

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    The reason Ford and GM are losng money is because of Unions. And yes, your parable lays it out pretty well.
    "If everyone is thinking alike, then someone isn't thinking." -Gen. George S. Patton

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    What's even more interesting, it that the Japanese manufacturing model is the work of an American.
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    Sounds like my place of employment.

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