The Americans and the Japanese – Who are Better?

The Americans and the Japanese decided to engage in a boat race. Both teams practiced hard and long to reach their peak performance levels. On the big day they felt ready. The Japanese won by a mile. The American team was discouraged by the loss. Morale sagged. Corporate management decided that the reason for the crushing defeat had to be found, so a consulting firm was hired to investigate the problem and recommend corrective action.

The Japanese team had six people rowing and one person steering and rowing; the American team had two people rowing and five people steering.

After a year of study and thousands spent analyzing the problem, the consultant firm concluded that too many people were steering and not enough were rowing on the American team. So as race day neared again the following year, the American team’s management structure was completely reorganized.

The new structure for the Americans was: one quality assurance manager, two steering managers, one area steering managers, and a new performance review manager for the two people rowing the boat to provide work incentive.

That year, the Japanese won by TWO miles!!!

Humiliated, the American corporation laid off the rowers for poor performance and gave the managers a bonus for discovering the problem.

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7 Responses to The Americans and the Japanese – Who are Better?

  1. mahdi January 15, 2013 at 2:56 AM #

    I think the comparison in this story should be between the Japanese and the the Arabs we are the Arabs should confess that. yes the Japanese are more perfect than the American but also the Americans are not that stupid this describes exactly the Arab situation. Don’t you agree with me. I hope so.

    • Syed A K January 21, 2013 at 1:17 PM #

      I agree with you

    • Didi Ala January 26, 2013 at 6:09 PM #

      That is why, Dubai has managed to be number 1 in many things.
      Who is leading Dubai.

      • Aziz January 26, 2013 at 6:11 PM #

        The comparison should be Arab vs Iranians.
        Where Arabs have managed to stay ahead in almost all aspects of life, while the Iranians are losing every day.

        • Didi Ala January 26, 2013 at 6:26 PM #

          That might be true, but it is a bit racist.

  2. Holmes January 14, 2013 at 3:20 PM #

    oh i heard that joke or that story but instead of Americans they were Egyptians

  3. wahab adegoke January 14, 2013 at 3:06 PM #

    Japanese are better with few managers directing many workers, rather than Americans with many managers managing few or no workers and also compensating wrongly