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Business Life

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.

>

>

>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.

>

>So American management hired a consulting company and paid them a large

>amount of money for a second opinion. They advised that too many people

>were

>steering the boat, while not enough people were rowing.

>

>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

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