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« on: December 05, 2008, 03:02:52 AM »

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

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 paddling and 1 person
steering, while the American team had 7 people steering and 2 people

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 paddling team's management
structure was totally reorganized to 4 steering supervisors, 2 area
steering superintendents and 1 assistant superintendent steering

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 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 paddler, halted
development of a new canoe, sold all the paddles, and canceled 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: Ford has spent the last thirty
years moving 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 racks up 9 billion in

Ford folks are still scratching their heads, and collecting bonuses...
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« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2008, 06:54:44 AM »

And the politicians will give them taxpayer money, and the corporate officers will keep their jobs...the rich get richer, the poor get poorer
Posts: 188

« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2008, 08:51:50 AM »

Yep, the owners ate the cain and the workers ate the weeds!

GOD , I'm still here!
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