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A Japanese company and an American company decided to have a canoe race on the Missouri River. Both the teams practiced hard and long to reach their peak performance before the race. On the big day the Japanese won by a mile.

Afterward, the American team became very discouraged and morally depressed.

The American management decided the reason for the crushing defeat had to be found. 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 persons steering and one person rowing. So American management hired a consulting company and paid them an incredible amount of money. They advised that too many people were steering the boat, while not enough people were rowing.

To prevent losing to the Japanese again next year, 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. "We must give the rower the empowerment and enrichments through this quality program".

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. Then they distributed the money saved as bonuses to the senior executives.

Thank goodness this is just a story and this sort of thing doesn't happen in real life eh?

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..... yeah....... really glad it doesn't happen........
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Uhhhh... yeah. That NEVER happens!

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I work for a company and that sounds like what they did around here last year, they got rid of a bunch of engineers. I sent it to my friends, the ones who made it... we didn't get any bonuses though...

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hahaha too true Jim. tooooo true
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Hahahaha..... way too true.
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The American management decided the reason for the crushing defeat had to be found. 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 persons steering and one person rowing. So American management hired a consulting company and paid them an incredible amount of money. They advised that too many people were steering the boat, while not enough people were rowing.

Sooo vary true. That type of thing doesn't happen around here. At least that's what all the senior executives say. The company that I work for is in the middle of that same thing. "Why can't we compete with the Chinese?
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HA HA.... this one REALLY applies to where I work.

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Except that where I work, once the team had finally gotten the canoe moving they would reorganize, fire or transfer half the rowers, bring in new people, change the direction of rowing half a dozen times (all while trying to document the "process" of rowing including taking measurements of each and every stroke so each rower can be measured and ranked for performance), then, within a year, when the new team finally gets the canoe moving again, there would be another reorg.........

(meanwhile, I'm shaking my head because I have an outboard motor with me.....)

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(meanwhile, I'm shaking my head because I have an outboard motor with me.....)
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