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Offline dumbucket1

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a little joke
« on: January 08, 2009, 02:12:56 PM »
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 t 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 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 results:

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

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

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Offline Captkaos

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Re: a little joke
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2009, 04:46:41 PM »
This is SO true!

Offline Lt.Del

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Re: a little joke
« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2009, 09:26:28 PM »
Yeah, I didn't laugh at all because it is darn true.  And I tell ya, I work in local gov't.  I have more supervisors, from the Sheriff, undersheriff, colonel, chief deputy, three majors, scores of Captains, and even more Lieutenants. That is equal to the line workers, Sgts and deputies.
Good thing we are in competition with no one. We would lose so much, and we currently WASTE even more. 

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Re: a little joke
« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2009, 09:52:16 PM »
Not just Ford. Its the new American way. Including our ever so intelligent government.
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Re: a little joke
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2009, 08:32:19 AM »
Yeah thats what i was going to say. Its not just ford. Its all the american companies like that pretty much. They want slave-like wages in mexico and all that. I give credit where credit is due, and right now if they said "Hey you win a free brand new vehicle in this drawing! Please select either this Ford, GM, or Dodge, or this Honda or Toyota." I would tell them to drive all three american cars off a cliff please, and give me the Honda.  :D

IMO, Honda/Toyota are far superior to anything american made.