Sad but True or Would Be Funny

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  1. blackhawk19

    blackhawk19 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    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, 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, 3 area steering
    superintenden ts 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 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 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.
  2. SO SAD, But So true!

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