The tribal wisdom of the Dakota Indians, passed on from
one generation to the next, says that when you discover
you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to
dismount. However, in modern business, because of the
heavy investment factors to be taken into consideration,
often other strategies have to be tried with dead horses,
including the following:
- Buying a stronger whip.
- Changing riders.
- Threatening the horse with termination.
- Appointing a committee to study the horse.
- Arranging to visit other sites to see how they ride
- Lowering the standards so that dead horses can be
- Appointing an intervention team to reanimate the dead
- Creating a training session to increase the riders
- Reclassifying the dead horse as living-impaired.
- Change the form so that it reads: "This horse is not
- Hire outside contractors to ride the dead horse.
- Harness several dead horses together for increased
- Donate the dead horse to a recognized charity, thereby
deducting its full original cost.
- Providing additional funding to increase the horse's
- Do a time management study to see if lighter riders
would improve productivity.
- Purchase an after-market product to make dead horses
- Declare that a dead horse has lower overhead and
therefore performs better.
- Form a quality focus group to find profitable uses
for dead horses.
- Rewrite the expected performance requirements for
- Promote the dead horse to a supervisory position.