On Riding A Dead Horse

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December 12, 2017

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

Modern organizations (education, government, military, venture capitalist …) often employ a whole range of far more advanced strategies, such as:

  • Buying a stronger whip
  • Changing riders
  • Threatening the horse with termination
  • Appointing a committee to study the horse
  • Arranging visits to see how others ride dead horses
  • Lowering the standards so that dead horses can be included
  • Re-classifying the dead horse as ‘living, impaired’
  • Hiring outside contractors to ride the dead horse
  • Harnessing dead horses together to increase the speed
  • Providing additional funding and /or training to increase the dead horse’s performance 
  • Doing a productivity study to see if lighter riders would improve the dead horse’s performance
  • Declaring that a dead horse does not have to be fed, it is less costly, carries lower overhead, and therefore contributes substantially more to9 the bottom line oif the economy than do some other horses
  • Re-writing the expected performance requirements for all horses
  • Promoting the dead horse to a management position

In your organization have you ever been guilty of such strategies?  Think about some new approaches for 2018

The very best for the Holiday Season



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