Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Just sharing...

This is the best explanation I have seen to explain why US automakers are seeking a bailout. Got this from a yahoo group & thought I could share it to others and maybe start the day with a smile --

Subject: American Ingenuity

A Japanese company (Toyota) and an American company (FordMotors) 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 recommendappropriate action.

Their conclusion was the Japanese had 8 people rowing and 1 person steering, while the American team had 7 people steering and 2 peoplerowing. 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, 2 area steering superintendents and 1 assistant superintendent steering manager. They also implemented a new performance system that would give the 2 people 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 rowers. There was discussion of getting new paddles, canoes and other equipment, extra vacation days for practices and bonuses. The pension program was trimmed to 'equal the competition' and some of the resultant savings were channeled into morale boosting programs and teamwork posters.
The next year the Japanese won by two miles. Humiliated, the American management laid-off one rower, halted development of a new canoe, sold all the paddles, and canceled all capital investments for new equipment. The money saved was distributed to the Senior Executives as bonuses. The next year, try as he might, the lone designated rower was unable to even finish the race (having no paddles,) so he was laid off for unacceptable performance, all canoe equipment was sold 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.vTOYOTA has spent the last thirty years building more than a dozen plants inside the US. The last quarter's results:vTOYOTA makes 4 billion in profits while Ford racked up 9 billion in losses.Ford folks are still scratching their heads, and collecting bonuses.

IF THIS WEREN'T SO TRUE IT MIGHT BE FUNNY Life is short! Break the rules! Forgive quickly! Kiss slowly! Love truly, Laugh uncontrollably. And never regret anything that made you smile.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Good Thoughts

just a few thoughts for today...

It doesn't matter how often you are right or wrong -- It only matters how much you lose when you are wrong --George Soros

Monday, December 15, 2008

In giving gifts to kids

Here are some tips to help parents fight against materialism:

1. Make them wait. Don't go out and immediately purchase an item your teen/child just HAS to have. Wait a few days to allow the excitement to cool down. This will allow you to see if this item is truly important to them.

2. Know what the priority is. ask your child to prioritize their wishlist list. With most familieson a budget, this will help you figure out where to spend your money that is allotted for other important events/ time.

3. Spend time rather than money on your kids. Instead of your teen spending time aloneon the computer or watching TV, why not take that time and spend it WITH them? The best giftyour teen could receive this Christmas would be time with you and the family.

4. Set the example. Yes, your family IS watching you and how you value the "things" of life. Parents can be just as materialistic as their teens. Keeping our priorities in check will help the whole family.You might know WHAT your teen wants for Christmas, but do you know WHY? These questions might give you some insight. Have your teen/kids make a list of the top 5 presents they want to receive this Christmas. Then ask: 1. What influenced you to rank your presents in this order (advertising, friends,preference, etc.)? 2. Do you think this present will be this important to you next year at this time? Why or why not? 3. Do these presents have any eternal significance to your life or to another's life? Do you think that should matter? Why or why not? 4. If we had the option to give our Christmas budget for presents to a needy family,would you agree to give: a. all of it? b. half of it? c. some of it? d. none of it?

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Reduced to zero

After being disappointed last month when my technorati and google pagerank got "demoted" to zero, I'm back again to blogging. I felt I've worked for that pagerank or TA, then just like that, slashed away from me. Sigh... I was about to open an account to pay per post that time. Anyway, nevermind the TA or PR, it's still nice to have blogger friends :)


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