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> 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 executives was formed to investigate and recommend
> appropriate action.
>
> Their conclusion was the Japanese had 8 people paddling and
> 1 person
> steering, while the American team had 7 people steering and
> 2 people paddling.
>
> 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 paddling.
>
> 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 paddling the boat greater incentive to work
> harder. It was called the 'Rowing Team Quality First Program,' with
> meetings, dinners and free pens for the paddlers. There was discussion of getting
> new paddles, canoes and other equipment, extra vacation days
> for practices, and performance bonuses for the managers. 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 team laid off one paddler, 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 paddler 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: GM 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 year's results:
>
> TOYOTA makes 4 billion in profits while GM racked up 9
> billion in losses. GM folks are still scratching their
> heads, and collecting bonuses...
>
> IF THIS WEREN'T TRUE IT
> MIGHT BE FUNNY!!!

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