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A MODERN PARABLE . .

A Japanese company ( Toyota ) and an American company (Ford) 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 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 8 people steering and 1 person
rowing.

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, 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 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
losses.

Ford folks are still scratching their heads.

2 Kommentare

1 Anonymous - 10.12.2008 um 12:39

Das bittere für die Arbeiter von Ford ist, dass ihr Boss ein Vielfaches von dem verdient, was der Boss von Toyota bekommt. Der soll angeblich weniger als eine $Millionen pro Jahr verdienen, während Mullaly einen zweistelligen Millionenbetrag absahnt. Die Theorie, dass mehr Gehalt besseres Managment kauft, stimmt so wohl nicht. Vielleicht lockt exzessives Gehalt auch nur Leute an, die es einzig aufs Geld abgesehen haben, während die guten Manager sich für mehr als nur ihr Gehalt interessieren. Ansonsten hätte der CEO von Toyota doch schon längst seinen Job geschmissen und bei Ford oder GM angefangen, wo man ihn wahrscheinlich mit Kusshand empfangen hätte.

2 Helmut - 10.12.2008 um 13:30

@Anonymous

Die Entlohnung für verantwortungsvolle Posten sollte angemessen sein. Das bedeutet, die Entlohnung darf weder zu hoch noch zu niedrig sein. Die materielle Entlohnung sollte hoch genug sein, um gute Leute zu interessieren, aber nicht zu hoch, um nicht die falschen Kandidaten anzuziehen, sondern diese abzuschrecken.

Das Ansehen eines Menschen misst sich nicht an seinem Geldbeutel, sondern an seinem Charakter.

du musst angemeldet sein, um zu schreiben.