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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-31-2005, 09:44 AM Thread Starter
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A Japanese auto company and GM decided to have a canoe race. Both teams practiced long and hard to reach their peak performance before the race.

On the big day the Japanese won by a mile. Afterward, the American team became very discouraged and morally depressed. The American management decided the reason for the crushing defeat had to be found.

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 one person rowing.

So American management hired a consulting company and paid them an incredible amount of money. They advised that too many people were steering the boat, while not enough people were rowing.

To prevent losing to the Japanese again next year, the rowing team's management structure was totally organized 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 15 hour per day meetings, dinners and free pens with the company logo for the rower. Even new paddles and medical benefit incentives were promised for a winner. We must give the rower the empowerment and enrichments through this Quality Improvement Program.

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 management.
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Sad but true.
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I agree and i work at a GM dealer. Let's see we have a Car Sales manager and 2 "sales team leaders" aka middle managment for between 4-7 sales people. Then we have 2 parts mangers with 2 full time parts guys and me the part time parts guy. 2 "mangers" of the detailing department and 2 guys that are hourly in the detailing department. The list goes on and on and this is only on the dealership level. If you go up the food chain it only gets worse.
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Bravo!!! Someone CAN put it in words! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]
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Hold the phone ! I work for a Japanese company and we supply auto parts for most of the car manufacturers. My dept has 6 people. A manager, asst manager, account manager supervisor,administrator(me)and an administrative asst. Talk about too many chiefs. I'm sure you will all have a pity party for me as they all sit within 5 feet of me . Waaaaaaaaaaaaa
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Hold the phone ! I work for a Japanese company and we supply auto parts for most of the car manufacturers. My dept has 6 people. A manager, asst manager, account manager supervisor,administrator(me)and an administrative asst. Talk about too many chiefs. I'm sure you will all have a pity party for me as they all sit within 5 feet of me . Waaaaaaaaaaaaa

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They all get the "top heavy" ideas from the government. Only difference is the government ones can't get fired.
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Nice one LEVE, but I wonder if it's not the fate of all American auto manufacturers. Too bad, I buy American but it seems like planned obsolesence is engineered into the product.
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Seems like these days many are being rebranded with a "management" title despite doing their same old job. Makes it confusing to figure out what is really going on in a company, are there less worked and more managers, for sure, but how many are simply titles? Some I believe. Look at the restaurant business. Everyone is a manager. Who do they manage? Their own job?
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