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This really doesn't deal with EVs but it will make you think about GM's Volt promises and bring to rememberance the EV-1 saga. Enjoy????



Subject: Management Math & Logic



Car makers thinking



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 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.



IF THIS WASN'T SO SAD IT MIGHT BE FUNNY!





Rev. Lawrence J. Licata

[email protected]

Non Nobis, Domine










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Gerald Wagner wrote:
> Sad but close to the truth. The one detail I don't get about the
> Volt is how they are going to produce enough charging power to
> continue to move the car once the batteries are dead. They say it
> will be designed to go 40 miles on battery power and then continue on
> with the motor/gen on board. Either a big motor gen or a big hype?

Maybe hot air from all those managers? :)

Another nugget on the US-vs-Japanese style of management. When Ford
bought Mazda's Flat Rock plant, they wanted to merge jobs. For example,
Ford had over 200 people in their Accounts Payable department. They
figured Mazda must have a similar number; they could lay them all off
and take over that function within Ford to save big money!

It turned out that Mazda had *two* people handling Accounts Payable.
They had structured things so that's all they needed! Rather than learn
from them, Ford took over and applied their accounting methods, and soon
had 50 people doing the same job (but doing it Ford's way).
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Forget the perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in -- Leonard Cohen
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It's really dangerous for GM to advertise the car's specs in the present
tense (The Volt goes 40 miles on a charge and then...) when the current Volt
Concept seems to be able to barely creak in and out of the show floor. They
are either being really cocky or really stupid in marketing the Volt's specs
as if it were a done deal.

-----Original Message-----
Sad but close to the truth. The one detail I don't get about the Volt is
how they are going to produce enough charging power to continue to move the
car once the batteries are dead. They say it will be designed to go 40
miles on battery power and then continue on with the motor/gen on board.
Either a big motor gen or a big hype??


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Please do not respond to this off topic thread. Thanks.

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