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**OT** A Modern Parable

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by texan4life, Nov 24, 2008.

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  1. texan4life

    texan4life TS Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    A Modern Parable.

    A Japanese company ( Toyota ) and an American company
    (Ford 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 7 people
    steering and 2 people 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, while not enough people were rowing.

    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 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
    rowers. There was discussion of getting new paddles,
    canoes and other equipment, extra vacation days for
    practices and bonuses. 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 laid off one rower,
    halted development of a new canoe, sold all the paddes,
    and canceled all capital investments for new equipment.
    The money saved was distributed to the Senior Executives as

    The next year, try as he might, the lone designated rower
    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: 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

    TOYOTA makes 4 billion in profits while Ford racked up 9
    billion in losses.

    Ford folks are still scratching their heads, and
    collecting bonuses...

  2. Fast Oil

    Fast Oil TS Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Because the MSM keeps telling everyone that there is no financing availble to the public. BTW that's the same line that the big three have convinced Congress is happening.
  3. Brian in Oregon

    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Deplorable Bitter Clinger in Liberal La La Land
    Bailout = corporate welfare.
  4. pendennis

    pendennis Well-Known Member

    Jul 26, 2007
    Southeast Michigan - O/S Detroit
    texan4life - That canard was old more than 30 years ago, when it was first told, and IBM was the butt of the story.

    Oh, by the way, whose quality is the equal of Toyota's?

    Gee, how could I have forgotten?


    Ford, Toyota, and Honda are in statistical dead heats for quality.

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