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07-07-07, 01:40 PM #1
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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07-07-07, 03:22 PM #2
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
07-07-07, 05:08 PM #3
What's even more interesting, it that the Japanese manufacturing model is the work of an American.Molly Weasley makes Chuck Norris eat his vegetables.
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07-07-07, 08:00 PM #4
Sounds like my place of employment.
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