Dead Horses

Dakota tribal wisdom says that when you discover you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount. However, in large corporations we often try other strategies with dead horses, including:

1. Issue a policy declaring "this horse is not dead"
2. Declare that "this is the way we always have ridden this horse"
3. Blame the horse's previous handler
4. Revisit the performance requirements for horses
5. Appoint a committee to study the horse
6. Appoint a specialist team to revive the dead horse
7. Change riders
8. Buy a stronger whip
9. Provide additional funding to increase the horse's performance
10. Create a training session to increase our riding ability
11. Compare the state of dead horses in today's environment
12. Declare that "no horse is too dead to flog"
13. Harness several dead horses together for increased speed
14. Prepare a cost analysis to see if contractors can ride it cheaper
15. Declare the horse is "better, faster and cheaper" dead
16. Procure a commercial design dead horse
17. Arrange to visit other sites to see how they ride dead horses
18. Form a quality circle to find uses for dead horses
19. Promote the dead horse to a managerial position

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