...but it can apply to most corporate or government structures, I know for sure it applies to my employer.
The Navy and the Air Force decided to have a canoe race on the Potomac
River. Both teams practiced hard and long to reach their peak
performance before the race. On the big day, the Navy won by a mile.
Afterwards, the Air Force team became very discouraged and depressed.
The officers of the Air Force team decided that the reason for the
crushing defeat had to be found.
A "Metrics Team," made up of senior officers was formed to investigate
and recommend appropriate action. Their conclusion was that the Navy
had 8 seamen rowing and 1 officer steering, while the Air Force had 1
airman rowing and 8 officers and NCOs steering. So the senior officers
of the Air Force team hired a consulting company and paid them
incredible amounts of money. They advised that too many people were
steering the boat and not enough people were rowing.
To prevent losing to the Navy again next year, the Air Force Chief of
Staff made historic and sweeping changes: the rowing team's
organizational structure was totally realigned to 4 steering officers, 3
area steering superintendents and 1 assistant superintendent steering
NCO. They also implemented a new performance system that would give the
1 airman rowing the boat greater incentive to work harder. It was called
the "Rowing Team Quality Air Force Program," with meetings, dinners, and
a three-day pass for the rower. "We must give the rower empowerment and
enrichment through this quality program."
The next year the Navy won by 2 miles. Humiliated, the Air Force
leadership gave a letter of reprimand to the rower for poor performance,
initiated a $4 billion program for development of a new joint-service
canoe, blamed the loss on a design defect in the paddles and issued
leather rowing jackets to the beleaguered steering officers in the hopes
they would stay for next year's race.
. . . . . . . meanwhile, the Army team is still trying to figure out why
the oars keep making divots in the grass when they're rowing. . . . ..
btw...i did not do a search to see if it is a repost as the repost police has no jurisdiction in the Funny Papers.