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    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

    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 7 people steering and 2 people

    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, 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 teamwork posters.

    The next year the Japanese won by two miles.

    Humiliated, the American management laid-o ff one rower , halted
    development of a new canoe, sold all t! he paddle as, 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 US The last quarter's results:

    TOYOTA makes 4 billion in profits while Ford racked up 9 billion in

    Ford folks are still scratching their heads, and collecting bonuses...
    "There's one way to find out if a man is honest-ask him. If he says 'yes,' you know he is a crook." Groucho Marx