Yet another bit of Business Wisdom: Dead Horse Syndrome
The tribal wisdom of the Dakota Indians, passed on from one generation to the next, says that when you discover that you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount. But in modern business (and education and government) heavy investment or other considerations may encourage other strategies:
– Bying a stronger whip.
– Changing riders.
– Threatening the horse with termination.
– Appointing a committee to study the horse.
– Visiting other sites to see how they ride dead horses.
– Lowering the standards to include dead hourses.
– Reclassifying the dead horse as “living-impaired”.
– Hiring outside contractors to ride the dead horse.
– Harnessing several dead horses together to increase speed.
– Providing additional funding and/or training to increase the dead horse’s performance.
– Doing a productivity study to see if lighter riders would improve the dead horse’s performance.
– Declaring that the dead horse requires less overhead and therefore contributes more to the bottom line.
– Rewriting the expected performance requirements for all horses.
– Promoting the dead horse to management.
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