Tribal Wisdom of the Dakota Indians

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."


In modern organizations and governments, however, more advanced strategies are often employed, such as:

  1. Buying a more expensive whip.
  2. Changing riders.
  3. Appointing a committee to study the horse.
  4. Arranging trips to other countries to see how other cultures ride dead horses.
  5. Lowering the standards so that dead horses can be included.
  6. Reclassifying the dead horse as living-impaired.
  7. Hiring outside contractors to ride the dead horse.
  8. Harnessing several dead horses together to increase efficiency.
  9. Providing additional funding and / or training to increase the dead horse's performance.
  10. Doing a productivity study to see if lighter riders would improve the dead horse's performance.
  11. Declaring that, as the dead horse does not have to be fed, it is less costly, carries lower overhead, and therefore contributes substantially more to the bottom line than do some live horses.
  12. Rewriting the expected performance requirements for all horses.
  13. And, of course --- Promoting the dead horse to a supervisory position.