The Boat Race

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The Boat Race

Post by Guest on 10/6/2013, 22:38

The Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force decided to have a competitive boat race at Peterborough rowing club. Both teams practised long and hard to reach their peak performance, and on the day of the race both teams were as ready as they could be.

The crabs won by a mile.

Afterwards the Navy team became very discouraged by the result and moral hit an all time low. Senior management decided that the reason for the crushing defeat had to be found, and a special committee was set up to investigate the problem and recommend appropriate remedial action.

Their conclusion: the problem was that the crabs had eight people rowing and one steering, whereas the Navy had one Petty Officer rowing and eight officers steering.

The Navy board immediately hired an expensive city consultancy company to carry out a study of the team structure. Millions of pounds of Defence budget were spent, and many months later the consultants conclude that too many people were steering and not enough people rowing.

To prevent losing to the Air Force again the following year, a Regional Organisation Review was undertaken, and the team structure was changed to four Steering Managers, three Executive Steering Managers, and one Senior Executive Steering Manager. A new Quality Performance System was introduced for the Petty Officer rowing the boat to give him greater incentives to work harder and become a Key Performer

Give him empowerment and job enrichment - that should do it.

The next year the crabs won by two miles.

The Navy made the Petty Officer redundant on the basis of his poor performance, sold the boat and blades to the Indian Navy, cancelled all capital investment in new equipment, halted the development of a canoe, promoted three of the officers and awarded the others with a consolation MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.


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Re: The Boat Race

Post by Per Mare Per Terram on 10/6/2013, 22:41

If only that were true....oh, wait a minute...

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