Beating a dead Horse

The tribal wisdom of the Lakota Indians, passed on from one generation to the next, says that when you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount.

However, in modern enterprises, because the objectives of management are often illogically focused on the performance of a particular horse rather than rationally on the completion of the journey, other strategies sometimes have to be tried, including, but not limited to the following:

  1. Buying a stronger whip.
  2. Changing riders.
  3. Threatening the horse with termination.
  4. Appointing a committee to study the horse.
  5. Arranging to visit other sites to see how they ride dead horses.
  6. Lowering the standards to include dead horses.
  7. Appointing an intervention team to re-animate the dead horse.
  8. Creating a training session to increase the rider’s load share.
  9. Re-classify the dead horse as living-impaired.
  10. Change the form so that it reads: “This horse is not dead”
  11. Hire outside contractors to ride the dead horse.
  12. Harness several dead horses together for increased speed.
  13. Process map the current and future route of the dead horse.
  14. Introduce a conformance policy which clearly indicates accountability of riders for the health of their horses.
  15. Do a time management study to see if lighter riders would improve productivity.
  16. Introduce an incentive scheme to encourage dead horses to run faster.
  17. Declare that a dead horse has a lower overhead and, therefore, performs better.
  18. Form a quality focus group to find ways of improving the efficiency of dead horses.
  19. Rewrite the expected performance requirements for horses.
  20. Promote the dead horse to a management position.

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Thought for the day

If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange apples then you and I will still each have one apple.

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