Humor - Dont you love the corporate world?  

HardNhorneee 52M
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7/3/2005 11:27 pm

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Humor - Dont you love the corporate world?

A Japanese company and an American company 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

Afterward, the American team became very discouraged and morally
depressed. The American management decided the reason for the crushing
defeat had to be found. 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 one person
rowing. So American management hired a consulting company and paid them
an incredible amount of money.

After six months of hard work, they advised that too many people were
steering the boat, while not enough people were rowing. So the American
Team acted: To prevent losing to the Japanese again next year, 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. Even new paddles and medical benefit incentives were
promised for a winner. We must give the rower the empowerment and
enrichments through this quality program.

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 for
a job well done.

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