What to do with a dead horse?

The tribal wisdoms of the Dakota Indians, passed on from generation to generation, says that when you discover that you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount.

However, in many companies as well as in all levels of government,  a range of far more advanced strategies are often employed. Here are 21 popular strategies.

1. Purchase another whip
2. Changing riders
3. Appointing a committee to study the horse
4. Arranging to visit other countries to see how others ride dead horses
5. Explain that “we were always riding dead horses”
6. Arranging for a group training session on how to ride dead horses
7. Lowering the standards so that dead horses can be included
8. Reclassifying the dead horse as ‘living impaired’
9. Do a benchmark study on dead horses
10. Create a task force to make the horse alive
11. Hiring outside contractors to ride the dead horse
12. Harnessing several dead horses together to increase the speed
13. Providing additional funding and/or training to increase the dead horse’s performance
14. Doing a productivity study to see if lighter riders would improve the dead horse’s performance
15. Establish a turnaround plan including the use of dead horses to achieve cost cutting targets
16. Hire a consultant to look for a new use of a dead horse
17. Invest in new software that makes dead horses ride faster
18. Start a marketing campaign that our horse is “better, faster and cheaper” dead
19. Declaring that as the dead horse does not have to be fed, it is less costly, carries lower overhead, and therefore contributes substantially more to the mission of the organization than do some other horses
20. Create a new cost center for dead horses
21. Rewriting the expected performance requirements for all horses…

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