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For Tron and his brand of choice -- Ford

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by g7777777, Aug 19, 2007.

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  1. g7777777

    g7777777 Active Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Subject: Ford vs. Toyota

    A Modern Parable

    A Japanese company (Toyota) and an American company (Ford) decided to have a canoe race on Lake Erie. 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 such a crushing defeat. A management team made up of senior executives was formed to look into the matter and recommend appropriate action.

    Their conclusion was the Japanese had eight people rowing and one person steering, while the American team had eight people steering and one person rowing.

    Feeling a deeper study was in order, American management hired a distinguished consulting firm and paid it a large amount of money for a second opinion. The consultants, of course, advised 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 American team's management structure was totally reorganized to four steering supervisors, three area steering superintendents, one assistant superintendent steering manager and one person rowing. They also implemented a new performance system that would give the rower a greater incentive to work harder. It was called the "Rowing Team Quality First Progr am," with meetings, dinners, free pens and a certificate of completion for the rower. There was much spi r ited discussion regarding new paddles, a redesigned canoe and extra vacation days and bonuses for practices sessions.

    The next year the Japanese won by two miles.

    Humiliated, 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 U.S., claiming it 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 profits while Ford racked up 9 billion in losses.

    Ford folks are still scratching their heads.

  2. halfmile

    halfmile Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Green Bay Wisconsin
    This is what happens when personal greed is the highest motivating force. Way too much of that.

    Our gene pool needs chlorine.

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