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Old 03-20-2006, 02:38 PM  
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GM crushed by the Japanese a parable for recjake

The Canoe Race:" A Modern Parable"

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 rowing. So 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 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 outsourced to India!!!!



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Old 03-20-2006, 02:41 PM   #2
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Old 03-20-2006, 02:46 PM   #3
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Old 03-20-2006, 02:49 PM   #4
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Old 03-20-2006, 02:54 PM   #5
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Old 03-20-2006, 02:56 PM   #6
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Personally, I think if GM would stop ****ing around with canoes, and just concentrate on autos, they might actually do a little better.
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Old 03-20-2006, 03:03 PM   #7
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sure they lost the race, but those execs made some money
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Old 03-20-2006, 03:04 PM   #8
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Old 03-20-2006, 03:10 PM   #9
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The consulting company had the right answer, but GM just didn't give it enough time.
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Old 03-20-2006, 03:12 PM   #10
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You forgot that there are 67 quadrillion former rowers out there who are still making full salaries with full benefits while GM cuts corners to pass the savings on to you.
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Old 03-20-2006, 03:22 PM   #11
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ha... Toyota sucks

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Can't beat the H1, H2, or H3
Chevrolet the # 1 selling brand in America
GM the biggest and best car maker in the world
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but hey keep rooting for the the people that live on the other side of the globe, speak another language and eat raw fish......

I can't wait untill the Toyota workers finally unionize and start ****ing up Toyo like they ****ed up GM, Ford and Chrysler
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Old 03-20-2006, 03:24 PM   #12
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Old 03-20-2006, 03:26 PM   #13
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but hey keep rooting for the the people that live on the other side of the globe, speak another language and eat raw fish......
It's good to know your point of view isn't driven by xenophobia or anything.
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Old 03-20-2006, 03:28 PM   #14
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but hey keep rooting for the the people that live on the other side of the globe, speak another language and eat raw fish......
I eat raw fish. Better not be calling me Japanese, or a loser, 'cause them's fightin words.
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Old 03-20-2006, 03:28 PM   #15
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