Strategies for a Dead Horse!

Ancient wisdom says that when you discover you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount.

However, in organizations we often try many other strategies, including the following:

  1. Changing riders
  2. Buying a stronger whip
  3. Falling back on: “This is the way we’ve always ridden”
  4. Appointing a committee to study the dead horse
  5. Study other companies to see how they ride dead horses
  6. Increasing the standards for riding dead horses
  7. Appointing a group to revive the dead horse
  8. Creating a training session to improve riding skills
  9. Comparing the state of dead horses in today’s environment
  10. Changing the requirements so that the horse no longer meets the standard of dead
  11. Hiring an external consultant to show how a dead horse can be ridden
  12. Harnessing several dead horses together to increase speed
  13. Increasing funding to improve the horse’s performance
  14. Declaring that no horse is too dead to beat
  15. Doing a study to see if outsourcing will reduce the cost of riding a dead horse
  16. Buying a computer program to enhance dead horse performance
  17. Declaring a dead horse less costly than a live one
  18. Forming a workgroup to find uses for dead horses
  19. Changing performance requirements for the horse
  20. Promoting the dead horse to a supervisory position

Author: Adrian Bacon

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