A Modern Parable

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    A Modern Parable


    A Japanese company, (Toyota), and an American company, (General Motors), decided to have a rowing race on the Potomac River in D.C. Both teams practiced long and hard to reach their peak performance before the race. On the big day, the Japanese won by a mile, in a 2K race. The Americans, very discouraged and depressed, decided to investigate the reason for the crushing defeat. A quality assessment team made up of senior management and union rowers 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.

    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 3 steering supervisors, 3 area steering superintendents and 1 assistant superintendent steering manager. They also implemented a new performance reward incentive system that would give the 1 person rowing the boat greater motivation to work harder. It was called the 'Rowing Team Quality First Program,' with meetings, dinners, and free pens and water bottles for the rower. There was discussion of getting new oars, riggers, boats, and other equipment, extra vacation days for practices and bonuses. Several new outside coaches were also hired to advise the single rower.

    The next year the Japanese won by two miles, also a 2K race. Humiliated, the American management fired the rower for poor performance, halted development of a new hull design, sold the oars, and canceled all future races and capital investments for new equipment. The money saved was distributed to the Senior Executives as bonuses and the next year's rowing team was out-sourced to India .

    Sadly, The End.

    Here's something else to think about: General Motors 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.

    TOYOTA makes 4 billion in profits while General Motors racked up 9 billion in losses
     
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    All GM plants are Union

    This might answer your question.

    If you have ever worked Union, than you know what I am saying. :cool:
     
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    But do you feel sorry for all those Japanese people that had their jobs shipped overseas?
     
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    How did they do that and still make a profit, while the American companies couldn't?

    Americans are all about excesses. We need to learn to tighten our belts. We've got too many chiefs and not enough indians. Too many witches spoils the brew. There's a lot of those old sayings, and they're all true, especially about modern day Americans.

    But as much as the parable speaks about the car companies, I think it also does a great job of reflecting on how our government runs things.
     
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    Do you know how many miles 2 kilometers are?
     
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    GM was going backwards, that's why they lost 9 billion dollars.
     
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    Yup. In any case, I didn't write the thing. I was sent to me in an email, so I overlook the small details. However the bigger picture was quite accurate as to how much of our modern day America is run, including our government... ESPECIALLY our government.
     
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    As soon as you post it, it's yours.

    Just saying...
     
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    Whatever.
     
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    This is also revealing of the auto company bail out. Why the bail out? To help the car companies avoid a bankruptcy and the resulting re-organization.

    Result of the bail out? A re-organization BUT a re-organization that left the blood sucking unions intact.

    The only difference between the successful car companies of the world and the failing companies of the world is the UAW. The bail out, designed to preserve the UAW was, therefore, designed to sustain failure.

    The only goal of the bail out was to save the UAW.
     
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