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    Brandon
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    A Japanese company (Toyota) and an American company (Ford) 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 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 and not enough 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, new equipment and 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 . The End. Here’s something else to think about: Ford has spent the last thirty years moving all its factories OUTSIDE the UNITED STATES, claiming they can’t make money paying American wages. TOYOTA has spent the last thirty years building more than a dozen plants INSIDE the UNITED STATES . The last quarter’s results: TOYOTA makes 4 billion in PROFITS FORD racked up 9 billion in LOSSES. IF THIS WEREN’T SO TRUE IT MIGHT BE FUNNY….

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    #174272

    [email protected]
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    Wow!!! That was funny until I got to the end and realized that its a truley sad story.

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    #174305

    AB
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    Thanks for sharing this story, Brandon.Regards

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    #174308

    Brandon
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    AB, you need to quit posting your website with each of your posts. Not kosher, dude.

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    #174326

    Ken Feldman
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    Brandon,
    AB has been granted special permission from the Starwars Rabbinical Association to post as often as he wants and that makes it Kosher.  Of course, renewal is contingent upon a second circumcism.
    Rabbi Darth

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    #174339

    Brandon
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    Aah, The Pharisees. The Pharisees and their Book of Laws!!! I can’t keep up!!

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    #174345

    Haugen
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    There is more than enough greed and stupidity in the American story, so why not spread the credit to cover everyone.  The story should also say that the union bosses demanded that there be 4 rower-watchers for every actual rower, so Ford had to build the canoe 4x the size, then as they were trying out the canoe there was a problem with one of the oars, so the oar vendor was called.  When the vendor came on the canoe, he carried his own computer instead of paying a union canoe computer transporter to carry it on board for him, so the union drilled a hole in the bottom of the canoe to teach Ford a lesson, and the canoe sunk.
    The arogance and greed exibited by the union management during the past 40-some years knows no bounds – it at least matches the arrogance, greed and stupidity of executive management.  The problem for both groups is that they have gotten religion too late – their customer has other choices now, and they have nobody to blame but themselves.

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    #174346

    Brandon
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    Amen, JimH, amen. The primary reason the earnings differential stated at the end of the story exists is because of legacy costs – the majority of which are union pension funding requirements; the same anchor that is carried by the older US based airlines. And, one of the primary reasons they all have or will go BK.
    The unions had their place at a time in our history – however, economic historians fifty years from now will finally write of the horrible damage their extended life did to our economy.

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    #174348

    dejavu
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    Brandon:It would be even funnier if we hadn’t seen it already.https://www.isixsigma.com/forum/showmessage.asp?messageID=112804DejaVu

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    #174349

    Brandon
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    You’re right….however, apparently not everybody had seen it, huh?

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