Thread regarding SAP layoffs

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A Japanese company and a North American company decided to have a canoe race on the St. Lawrence 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 North 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 North American team had 8 people steering and 1 person rowing. So, North 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 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 North American management laid off the rower for poor performance, halted development of a new canoe, sold the paddles, and canceled all capital investments in new equipment. The money saved was distributed to the Senior Executives as bonuses and the next year’s racing team was outsourced to India.

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Sounds just like the typical American company - regardless of where parent company is located. I worked at a medical device company headquartered in Foster City, CA USA and this is how they operate. They also have a Frankfurt subsidiary that was so inefficient that HR had to go in one day and fired everybody (top & bottom) and replaced with entirely new staffing. Goes to show you that bad management is prevalent in North America, Europe, etc.

However, the author of the story forgot to mention that - after the race, a few of the people rowing for the Japanese passed out from heart attacks. So it is not all that rosy either on the other side either. With them, it's more about winning the race than for the welfare of the people on the boat.

Very clever story!

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Post ID: @Zj5NlzG-3crd

yes... I understand the parable of the American and the “Japanese”

Good story!

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Post ID: @Zj5NlzG-1oqh

You geniuses know that SAP is a German company, right?

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Post ID: @Zj5NlzG-vfy

Enterprise software is like viruses. Japanese know better and they didn't use much and kicked American companies' asses.

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