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Japanese Rowing Team

Discussion in 'The Lighter Side' started by Gunrnr, Sep 22, 2002.

  1. Gunrnr

    Gunrnr Senior Goofoff Millennium Member

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    A Japanese company and a Texas company decided to have a canoe race on Town Lake. Both teams practiced hard and long to reach their peak performance before the race. On the big day, the Japanese won by a mile. Afterward, the Texas team became very discouraged and depressed. The management of the company decided that the reason for the crushing defeat had to be found. A "Measurement Team" made up of the senior management was formed to investigate and recommend appropriate action.

    Their conclusion was the Japanese had eight people rowing and one person steering. So, the management of the Texas company hired a consulting company and paid them incredible amounts of money. They advised that too many people were steering the boat and not enough people were rowing.

    To prevent losing to the Japanese again, the Texas rowing team's management structure was to totally reorganized to four steering supervisors, three area steering superintendents, and one assistant superintendent steering manager. They also implemented a new performance system that would give the one person rowing greater incentive to work harder. It was called the "Rowing Team Quality First Program", with meetings, dinners, and free pens for the rower. "We must give the rower empowerment and enrichment through this quality program".

    The next year the Japanese won by two miles. Humiliated, the management of the Texas company laid off the rower for poor performance, halted development of a new canoe, sold the paddles and canceled all capital investments for new equipment. Then they used the money saved to give a High Performance Award to the steering managers and distributed the rest of the money as bonuses to the senior executives.

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  2. okie

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