While cleaning out some files I came across an old, wrinkled piece of paper with the following information – I can’t say where this came from (it’s not mine) but I must say it made me laugh out loud and there’s no better way to start the day.

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

• Buying a stronger whip.
• Changing riders.
• Say things like, “this is the way we have always ridden this horse”
• Appointing a committee to study the horse.
• Arranging to visit other sites to see how they ride dead horses.
• Increasing the standards to ride dead horses.
• Appointing a team to revive the dead horse.
• Creating a training session to increase our riding ability.
• Comparing the state of dead horses in today’s environment
• Change the requirements declaring that “this horse is not dead!”
• Hire contractors to ride the dead horses.
• Harnessing several dead horses together for increased speed.
• Declaring that “no horse is too dead to beat!”
• Providing additional funding to increase the horse’s performance.
• Do a cost analysis study to see if contractors can ride it cheaper.
• Purchase a product to make dead horses run faster.
• Declare the horse is “better, faster and cheaper” dead.
• Form a quality improvement team to find uses for dead horses.
• Revisit the performance requirements for horses and adjust accordingly.
• Promote the dead horse to a supervisory position.

Now, think of an organization, any company that you are familiar with – hmmmmm.

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