The tribal wisdom of the Dakota Indians, says that “When you discover that you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount.”
However, in modern business, a whole range of far more advanced strategies are now employed, such as:
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 so that dead horses can be included.7. Reclassifying the dead horse as "living-impaired".8. Hiring outside contractors to ride the dead horse. 9. Harnessing several dead horses together to increase speed.10. Providing additional funding and/or training to increase the dead horse's performance.11. Doing a productivity study to see if lighter riders would improve the dead horse's performance.12. Declaring that as the dead horse does not need to be fed, it is less costly, carries lower overhead and therefore contributes more to the bottom line than some other horses.13. Rewriting the expected performance requirements for all horses.14. Promoting the dead horse to a supervisory position.
What would you do? Would you follow the path of least resistance or dismount ?