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  • 1. Once upon a time there was an Arabian rowing team
  • 2. Arabian team and Japan agreed to do an annualrowing race. Each team should contain 8 men.
  • 3. Both teams worked really hard to get in the best shape.The day the race started both teams were in similarcondition. ....the Japanese won by 1 mile.
  • 4. FINISH
  • 5. The mood in the Arabian team was really close to the freeze point.The top management decided to win the race next year. So theyestablished a team of analysts to observe the situation andrecommend an appropriate solution.
  • 6. After several detailed analysis the team found out thatJapanese had 7 rowers and only one captain.
  • 7. Of course the Arabian team had 7 captains but only one rower.
  • 8. Facing such critical scenario the management showed an unexpectedwisdom: they hired the consulting company to restructure theArabian team.
  • 9. After several months the consultants came up withthe conclusion that there were too many captainsand too few rowers in the Arabian team. A solutionwas proposed based on this analysis: the structureof the Arabian team has to be changed!
  • 10. As of today there will be only 4 captains in the team led by 2managers, one top-manager and one rower. Besides that, theysuggested to improve the rower’s working environment and to givehim higher competencies.
  • 11. Next year the Japanese won by 2 miles.
  • 12. FINISH
  • 13. The Arabian team immediatelly displaced the rower from theteam based on his unsatisfactory performance.
  • 14. But the bonus award was paid to the management forthe strong motivation the the team showed during thepreparation phase.
  • 15. The consulting company prepared a new analysis,which showed that the strategy was good, themotivation was O.K. but the used tool has to beimproved. Performed by ROCE
  • 16. Currently the Arabian team is designing a newboat.