Dakota tribal wisdom says that when you discover you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount. Business, however, pursues other strategies with respect to dead horses: 1. Buy a stronger whip. 2. Change riders. 3. Explain that "This is the way we have always ridden this horse." 4. Appoint a committee to study the horse. 5. Visit other sites to see how they ride dead horses. 6. Increase the standards required to ride dead horses. 7. Appoint an action team to revive the dead horse. 8. Implement training sessions to increase our riding ability. 9. Evaluate the state of dead horses in today's environment. 10. Simply declare "This horse is not dead." 11. Hire contractors to ride the dead horse. 12. Harness several dead horses together for increased speed. 13. Convince others that "No horse is too dead to beat." 14. Provide additional funding to increase the horse's performance. 15. Complete a cost analysis to see if contractors can ride the horse cheaper. 16. Purchase a product to make dead horses run faster. 17. Adopt a position that the horse is "better, faster and cheaper" dead. 18. Form a quality circle to find uses for dead horses. 19. Revisit the performance requirements for horses. 20. Explain that the horse was procured with cost as an independent variable. 21. Promote the dead horse to a supervisory position.

source: Anonymous tags: Folly, Leadership