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TXduckdog
11-29-2008, 02:44 PM
A Modern Parable

A Japanese company (Toyota) and an American company (Ford Motor) 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--due to current union rules.

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.

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.

IF THIS WASN'T SO TRUE IT MIGHT BE FUNNY

M Remington
11-29-2008, 03:28 PM
Great post. I'm hoping the big 3 will file bankruptcy and use it as an opportunity to bust the unions.

K G
11-29-2008, 04:53 PM
Their bankruptcy will bust much more than just the unions.........

Collateral damage regards,

kg

Gerry Clinchy
11-29-2008, 05:56 PM
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.

IF THIS WASN'T SO TRUE IT MIGHT BE FUNNY

So, are Toyota workers unionized?

That still doesn't explain the idiotic management decisions, but is probably part of the problem.

Hoosier
11-30-2008, 09:14 PM
Great post. I'm hoping the big 3 will file bankruptcy and use it as an opportunity to bust the unions.

Are you a republican now. Don't the dems like to rip on the Gipper for just that. :confused:

Richard Halstead
12-03-2008, 03:07 AM
I worked for the USDA 30+ years and never made as much 2 of the GM guys reported they earned on a talk show inerterview. They and thee GM big wigs should have to live on a budget.

Bob Nordelli, former CEO of Home Depot, now the head of Chrysler after being booted out of HD with 100 million+