Ford vs. Toyota

 We’ve mentioned we get emails. This is one we recieved that we can’t confirm, but it does make one wonder.

A Modern Parable:
  A Japanese company (Toyota) and an American
company (General Motors) 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.

6 Responses to Ford vs. Toyota

  1. thescoundrel says:

    very sad but very prophetic.

  2. anonymous says:

    Keith Meyers always finds interesting things to post on his blog. This morning he has Malin`s resume. Makes for some grins while drinking the morning coffee.

  3. joe says:

    So how long will it take for Keith to be sued by someone that he defames in his blog or in one of his public rants?

  4. anonymous says:

    About 2 years ago, I traded in my Ford Contour, made in Mexico, and bought a Toyota Camry, made in Kentucky !!

  5. cruisin2 says:

    I don’t know what this means for the future of Ford, we just hope it’s not as bad as we think. Hard to think Henry would would like his cars referred to as imports.

    As for Keith Meyers, if the truth hurts then people shouldn’t be in politics. I read his blog and find nothing that would cause a lawsuit. He makes it clear he doesn’t care for Mr. Malin but that isn’t illegal yet.

    On top of this bad news Toyota just took second place from Ford. We hope somebody comes up with something soon to put Ford back on the map. The Mustang alone can’t do it.

  6. Anonymous says:

    free car quote

    Excellent post. Keep it up!

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