Hopefully it is solved now

With a bit of luck and help from the WordPress forums I hope that the blog is back functioning the way it should be. (For now)
I’ve lost some of the features but at least it is all readable now in IE6 & 7 as well as Firefox. Thanks foe your patience.

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A Modern Parable

Japanese company ( Toyota ) and an American company ( Ford) decided to have a canoe race on the Missouri River . Both teams practised 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.

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 cancelled 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

So now just replace HSE for Ford in the above story. All chiefs and no indians. They have already started out sourcing via the National Treatment purchase Fund but sadly there is no Toyota ready to come in and do it better. Please do give me “The private sector could do it.” The private sector can make good components, they might be even able to make a functioning car but they could not replicate the entire industry. Go to them with anything worse than a twisted toenail and they pack you off to a real (i.e. not yellow pack) hospital

Blog analyser

I found a link to a blog analyser. And being as conceited as I am I put my own blog into it.

The result was

The Executives

The direct and assertive type. They are especially attuned to the big picture and how to get things done. They are talented strategic planners, but might come off as insensitive to others needs and appear arrogant. They like to be where the action is and like making bold and sweeping changes in complex situations.The Executives are happy when their work let them learn and improve themselves and how things work around them. Not beeing very shy about expressing their ideas and often very outgoing they often make excellent public speakers.”

It’s a bit of a laugh. I don’t take it too seriously as it has left out my cynicism.