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A modern corporate parable

Discussion in 'Political Humor' started by MentalExpedition, Mar 26, 2007.

  1. MentalExpedition

    MentalExpedition Member

    Mar 26, 2007
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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
    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

    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
    superintendents 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 .
  2. Eternal

    Eternal Well-Known Member

    Jan 30, 2007
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    kind of plays on stereotypes but still funny

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