This came in from the Coach

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 an entire 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

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:

GM 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
GM racked up 9 billion in losses.

GM folks are still scratching their heads.


Toyota vs. GM: The Rowers
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