Automaker problems defined...

Discussion in 'Political Zone' started by trickblue, Jan 28, 2009.

  1. trickblue

    trickblue Old Testament...

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    A Japanese company (Toyota) and an American company (GM) 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 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. zrinkill

    zrinkill Diamond surrounded by trash

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  3. JBond

    JBond Well-Known Member

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    LOL. Thanks. I needed that on a day the liberals are going to pass the biggest spending bill in the history of our country.
  4. TheCount

    TheCount Pixel Pusher

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    That was perfect.
  5. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Winter is Coming Staff Member

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    :laugh2: :laugh2: :laugh2:
  6. MetalHead

    MetalHead Benched

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    Sad...but true.
  7. davidyee

    davidyee Maple Leaf

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    ...of both Ford and Chrysler you can't believe how true that analogy is.

    :laugh2: :laugh2: :laugh2:
  8. ChldsPlay

    ChldsPlay Well-Known Member

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    I think there is a misconception that the foreign automakers are doing great right now. They are not. Their sales have fallen off at about the same rate. At least one Japanese company shut down their factories, much like Chrysler did.

    They are only surviving because they are not paying out the yin yang to unions.
  9. SuspectCorner

    SuspectCorner Bromo

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    :lmao: Outstanding.

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