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A Modern Parable . .

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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 a new paddle , 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 paddle, 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,
and are now applying for a "BAIL OUT"!

IF THIS WEREN'T SO TRUE, IT MIGHT JUST BE FUNNY!!!
 

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wow, where did you get all this info??
 

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I have owned a mercury cougar everything failed, a ford mustang gt 2 motors and 6 trannys,and a dodge 1500 engine and tranny all failed..
my Volvo rolled over 3 times in a off roading the car accident, drove it home,then my dad had it towed away.(still ran) had the Toyota Minnie van beat the shit out of it (with sean and cisco)and still doing fine, bought a used Toyota tercel for $600 2 years ago still driving the old girl with minimal maintenance
 

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I love the point about Toyota being able to afford U.S. workers, but For can't.

Ford stock was down sooo low that I considered buying 1000 shares and keeping it for 10 years, but I am skeptical.
 

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I have a 94 ford ranger that i hardly take care of and its drives like a champ! But I recently drove an 08 ford explorer rental car and took it back the next day as it is one of the biggest POS i have driven. I do admit im loving the Ford Fusion im now driving for a rental car....but they sure arent built like the Jap cars built here in the good ol USA. I hope GM goes under so some jap company can come in and run it like it should be run and get rid of the god damn union!
 
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