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Dakota Indian tribal wisdom says that when you discover you are riding a colloquial dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount. However, in modern organizations, we often try other strategies with dead horses, including the following:

  • buying a stronger whip
  • changing riders
  • saying things like "This is the way we always have ridden this horse"
  • appointing a committee to the study the horse
  • arranging to visit other sites to see how they ride dead horses
  • increasing the standards to ride dead horses
  • appointing a tiger team to revive the dead horses
  • creating a training session to increase our riding ability
  • comparing the state of dead horses in today's environment
  • passing a resolution declaring: "This horse is not dead"
  • blaming the horses' ancestry
  • harnessing several dead horses for increased speed
  • declaring that "No horse is too dead to beat"
  • providing addtional funding to increase the horse's performance
  • do a study to see if contractors can ride it cheaper
  • declare the horse is better, faster and cheaper dead
  • form a quality circle to find uses for dead horses
  • revisit the performance requirements for dead horses
  • say that this horse was procured with cost as the independent variable
  • promote the dead horse to a suprvisory position

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