Wisdom developed for the corporate world
The Dakota Indians of North America passed on this piece of wisdom from generation by word of mouth: “If you are riding a dead horse the best thing to do is dismount”.
However, in the corporate world today, because of the heavy investment factor other things need to be tried:
- Buy a stronger whip.
- Change riders.
- Threaten the horse with termination.
- Appoint a committee to study the horse.
- Arrange to visit other sites to see how they ride dead horses.
- Lower the standards so dead horses can be included.
- Appoint an intervention team to reanimate the horse.
- Create a training session to increase the riders load share.
- Reclassify the horse as `living impaired’.
- Change the form so it reads “This horse is not dead”.
- Hire outside contractors to ride the dead horse.
- Harness several dead horses together for increased speed and efficiency.
- Donate the dead horse to a recognised charity therefore deducting its full original cost.
- Provide additional funding to increase horse’s performance.
- Carry out a time management study to see if lighter riders would improve productivity.
- Purchase an after market product that makes dead horses run faster.
- Declare the dead horse has lower overheads and is therefore more cost effective.
- Form a quality focus group to find profitable uses for dead horses.
- Rewrite the performance requirements for horses.
- And, finally if all else fails, promote the dead horse into a supervisory (management) position.