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stevo137
04-19-2006, 09:48 AM
Saw this on another forum, some truth in it...

Does this sound familiar?

A Chinese company and an American company decided to have a canoe race on
the Mississippi River. Both teams practiced long and hard to reach their
peak performance before the race.

On the big day, the Chinese 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 that the Chinese 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 Chinese, 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.

There was discussion of getting new paddles, canoes and other equipment,
extra vacation days for practices and bonuses.

The next year the Chinese 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.

BriEOD
04-19-2006, 10:13 AM
LMFAO!!! :uglyhamme

bradamerry
04-19-2006, 04:59 PM
sounds about right.

bcampbe7
04-19-2006, 05:03 PM
Hit the nail on the head.

You know what I get tired of most is having meetings! We have meetings about meetings!

jmyers
04-19-2006, 05:13 PM
Ok, I would have to agree! Too bad we can't figure that out before it's too late! As you know we make products over in China, and it is because we wanted to buy one of the boats we make here but it was very expensive and not easily available! This limited the general public from buying and enjoying the products! Let me tell you if we could make it here I would do it in a minute!

Farmer Ted
04-19-2006, 10:27 PM
Kind of fits.....

Workin' 4 Toys
04-19-2006, 10:32 PM
Well Steve..... You being the "steering superintendent" at your place, you could always take the job of the "rower", I am sure there are always positions to fill...;) 8p

stevo137
04-19-2006, 10:44 PM
Well Steve..... You being the "steering superintendent" at your place, you could always take the job of the "rower", I am sure there are always positions to fill...;) 8p
Oh man, that hurt. You saw how bad that place is and the engine just died. Never before but when you put stabil in and the tank is not full, ...

Leroy
04-19-2006, 11:48 PM
Stevo; Seems every industry has a global nature these days. Where is my bonus anyway?

Workin' 4 Toys
04-22-2006, 01:30 PM
Oh man, that hurt. You saw how bad that place is and the engine just died. Never before but when you put stabil in and the tank is not full, ...
Sorry for the confusion Steve.... I was being sarcastic about you doing the same at WORK(take the "rower" postion)..nevermind.. It's too far gone now, but it was intended to be funny.:o

stevo137
04-22-2006, 04:34 PM
Sorry for the confusion Steve.... I was being sarcastic about you doing the same at WORK(take the "rower" postion)..nevermind.. It's too far gone now, but it was intended to be funny.:o
No problem, I'm the dumba** here!
It is funny and I'm still rowing...