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    A Japanese car company and an American car company decided to have a canoe race on the DetroitRiver. 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 that the Japanese had 8 people rowing and 1 person steering, while the American team had 8 people steering and 1 person rowing.

    So the American management hired a consulting company and paid them a large amount of money for a second opinion. They advised that too many people were steering the boat, while not enough people were rowing.

    To prevent another loss to the Japanese, the rowing teams management structure was totally reorganized to 4 steering supervisors, 3 are 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 a 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 cancelled all capital investments for new equipment.

    The money saved was distributed to the Senior Executives as bonuses and the next years racing team was outsourced to
    India.

  • #2
    Thats funny. Where did you get that from, the UAW or the Teamsters?
    Teach your kids about taxes..........eat 30 percent of their ice cream.

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    • #3
      BD: Naw, CWS ws the rower!!!

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      • #4
        Pretty close, just take out the part about the rowing team. However, the terms of my settlement dictates that I can't talk about it. (Moral being, if the rower documents everything, he won't care if he's not on the team anymore.)

        CWS
        Last edited by CWSmith; 08-06-2006, 06:26 PM.

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