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A Modern Parable.

Discussion in 'General Automotive' started by majorvices, Dec 8, 2008.

  1. Dec 8, 2008 at 10:48 AM
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    majorvices

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    (Sorry if this has been posted before.)

    A Modern Parable.

    A Japanese company (Toyota) and an American company (Ford 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 7 people steering and 2 people rowing.

    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, 2 area steering superintendents and 1 assistant superintendent steering manager.

    They also implemented a new performance system that would give the 2 people 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 rowers. There was discussion of getting new paddles, canoes and other equipment, extra vacation days for practices and bonuses. The pension program was trimmed to 'equal the competition' and some of the resultant savings were channeled into morale boosting programs and teamwork posters.

    The next year the Japanese won by two miles.

    Humiliated, the American management laid-off one rower, halted development of a new canoe, sold all the paddles, and cancelled all capital investments for new equipment. The money saved was distributed to the Senior Executives as bonuses

    The next year, try as he might, the lone designated rower was unable to even finish the race (having no paddles,) so he was laid off for unacceptable performance, all canoe equipment was sold and the next year's racing team was out-sourced to India .

    Sadly, the End.

    Here's something else to think about: Ford 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 Ford racked up 9 billion in losses.

    Ford folks are still scratching their heads, and collecting bonuses... and now want the Government to 'bail them out'.

    THIS MIGHT BE FUNNY IF IT WASN'T SO TRUE
     
  2. Dec 8, 2008 at 3:25 PM
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    Sad but true.
     
  3. Dec 8, 2008 at 5:25 PM
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    ^^^^^ditto
     
  4. Dec 11, 2008 at 6:13 AM
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    Does Toyota pay UAW wages? I don't believe that they do. UAW is only involved in the B3. I am not a pro-union person. I think they do great things in the right situations. But when a company isn't involved in actively hurting its employees, then unions can be an unnessisary burden.

    While this is not to say that the B3 are consistantly making good business decisions, as compared to foreign makers, the unions are dragging them down. The UAW is a cancer killing American domestic auto production. Just don't forget them in this equation.
     
  5. Dec 11, 2008 at 6:52 AM
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