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Ford Versus toyota

 
 
Reply Tue 9 Dec, 2008 11:35 am
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, 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, 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 incen tive 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, and other equipment, 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 .
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chotki
 
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Reply Tue 9 Dec, 2008 03:12 pm
Ha! I didn't know ford or toyota made canoes
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hamburger
 
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Reply Tue 9 Dec, 2008 03:39 pm
@Bi-Polar Bear,
remember the DATSUN cars - aka nissan today ?

you ever wonder where the name datsun came from?

the nissan car company was ready to roll out a new car , but they didn't have a catchy name for it yet .
so they phoned a german professor of linguistics and asked for his help .
nissan : "professor , we have new car , need catchy name " ,
professor : "how soon you need new name ? " ,
nissan : "need new name two weeks ! " ,
professor : "dat soon ? " ,
nissan : "thankou very much , professor " .

and the new DATSUNS rolled off the assembly line .

http://www.channel4.com/4car/media/100-greatest/03-large/30-datsun-240z.jpg


Merry Andrew
 
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Reply Tue 9 Dec, 2008 05:39 pm
@hamburger,
Rolling Eyes Laughing
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Reyn
 
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Reply Tue 9 Dec, 2008 07:35 pm
@Bi-Polar Bear,
My gawd! It's like..... you've predicted the future for American car companies!

You did forget that they needed to hold their hands out for a bail out package. Wink
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