Them and us …..

A little gem I robbed off the Cnwmr website
No its not Welsh, but a Marketing company in the US who proved that a Prius is less ecofriendly than a Hummer

Whats below is verbatim rip, but before you read it, if you substitute Japanese for the competition, and American for your company, does it still ring horribly true? If it does, ask yourself this one thing.

Do I need to learn Japanese?

The Canoe Race

A Japanese company (Toyota) and an American company (General 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 team 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 team had 8 people rowing and 1 person steering, while the American team had 8 people steering and 1 person rowing.

So American management hired a consulting company and paid them a large amount of money for a second opinion.

They advised that too many people were steering the boat, while not enough people were rowing.

To prevent another loss to the Japanese, the Americans’ 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. There was discussion of getting new paddles, canoes and other equipment, extra vacation days for practices and bonuses.

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 and the next year’s racing team was outsourced to India!!!!


2 responses to “Them and us …..

  1. Did they prove the Prius was less ecofriendly than a Hummer, or was it bollocks?

  2. I think they proved it to their satisfaction, not necessarily to anyone elses.
    I found it and liked the quote, so I haven’t pored over the data. The version I downloaded was 3Meg/400 odd pages of PDF so I took it at face value whilst skimming and persuading myself that a pot noodle was something to eat rather than a bad idea.
    Still I liked the tale, so I posted it. It reflects a lot of what is going on in my industry at present, and it hit a little close to home in a lot of ways.

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