Employment Humor - 4
normally "rip off" a Dilbert. If you want the official
site, go here.
However, this one was too good to pass up.
A Japanese company
and an American company 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. 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 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. We must give the rower the
empowerment and enrichments through this quality 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. Then they distributed the money saved as bonuses
to the senior executives.