Something sent to me, thought it was a hoot:
A Modern Parable
A Japanese company (Toyota) and the Big Three American companies (Ford Motor, GM & Chrysler) decided to have a canoe race on the Missouri River. All the 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 companies, very discouraged and depressed, decided to investigate the reason for the crushing defeat. A management teams 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 teams had 8 people steering and 1 person rowing.
Feeling a deeper study was in order, the American management teams hired consulting companies and paid them all large amounts of money for second opinions.
The American Big Three were 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, all three of the rowing team's management structure were totally reorganized to 4 steering supervisors, 3 area steering superintendents and 1 assistant superintendent steering manager for each team but with different fancy colored boats with trick paddles.
They also implemented a new performance system that would give the 1 person rowing the boat on each team greater incentive to work harder. It was called the 'Rowing Team Quality First Program,' with meetings, dinners and free pens for all three of the rowers. There were discussions among themselves of getting new paddles, canoes and other equipment, extra vacation days for practices and bonuses along with fancy team building junkets.
The next year the Japanese won by two miles………………………………….
Humiliated, the American Big Three’s management laid off the rowers 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.
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…..GM folks are scratching their heads……..Chrysler folks are scratching their heads
Then they all boarded their corporate jets and flew to Washington DC to ask the government idiots there for a bailout.