The boards of the two fiercely competitive companies decided to organize a rowing match to challenge each other's organisational and sporting abilities.
The first company was strongly following 'Theory X': ruthless, autocratic, zero staff empowerment, etc.
The second company was more believer of 'Theory Y': a culture of developing people, devolved responsibility and decision-making.
Race day arrived. The Y company's boat appeared from the boat-house first, with its crew: eight rowers and a helmsman (the cox).
Next followed the X company boat and its crew - eight helmsmen and a single rower.
Not surprisingly the Y company's boat won an easy victory since there were eight rowers.
The next day the X company board of directors held an inquest with the crew, to review what had been learned from the embarrassing defeat, which might be of benefit to the organization as a whole, and any future re-match.
After a long and wearing meeting the X company board finally came came to their decision. They concluded that the rower should be replaced immediately because clearly he had not listened well enough to the instructions he'd been given.
That's the tragedy with most of the organisations. Employees do not feel motivated since projects are not adequately staffed. After global slow-down, most of the organisations laid off their staff. A task which are carried out by around 10 people, was left in the hands of of less than 5 people who thought themselves fortunate to skip the whip of the cost-cutting. However, as the time progressed, top management learnt that now 5 people are enough to carry that task with more or less similar outcome. Hence no further addition to the team.
But these managements do not understand that cost of attrition and replacing a employee is much higher than retaining few extra people in the system, and maintaining stress levels low.
A highly motivated team can do wonders. Can produce miraculous results. cost of couple of extra resources is nothing compared to the results produced by highly motivated and well knit team.