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Subject: How to handle a dead horse
From: mark rechtin
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 and government, because of the heavy investment
factors to consider, often other strategies are 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 dead horses.
- Lowering the standards so that dead horses can be included.
- Appointing an intervention team to re-animate the dead horse.
- Creating a training session to increase the riders load share.
- Reclassifying the dead horse as living-impaired.
- Change the form so that it reads: "This horse is not dead"
- Hire outside contractors to ride the dead horse.
- Harness several dead horses together for increased speed.
- Donate the dead horse to a recognized charity, thereby deducting its
full original cost.
- Providing additional funding to increase the horse's performance.
- Do a time management study to see if lighter riders would improve
- Purchase an after-market product to make dead horses run faster.
- Declare that a dead horse has lower overhead and therefore performs
- Form a quality focus group to find profitable uses for dead horses.
- Rewrite the expected performance requirements for horses.
- Promote the dead horse to a supervisory position.
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