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July 25, 2009


My buddy Jimmy the Mullet,(Thats his pretend Clownfather Gangsta name.) Sent me this. I'm sorry I've been to busy to sit down and come up with my own crap but and however (I only do that because I know it drives the perfectionist/profeshional writers crazy) I found this little e-mail to be so full of truth I don't know wether to laugh or cry.
Here goes.

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 team made up of senior management members 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
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
team work 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 canceled 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 United States.
Last year's results:
Toyota made $16 billion in profits (1.3 trillion yen)!!!
Ford racked up $2.76 billion in losses.
Ford folks are still scratching their heads. And collecting bonuses.