The Dead Horse. Let’s All Dismount, Shall We?

I have read that the “tribal wisdom” of the Dakota Indians [or so legend has it], passed on from generation to generation, says that, “When you discover that you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount.” However, as we all have discovered in one capacity or another- in the corporate world, more advanced strategies are often employed, such as… Changing riders. Re-structuring the dead horse’s entire reward scale to contain a performance-enhancing element. Suspending the dead horse’s access to the executive grassy meadow until performance targets are actually met.

Making the dead horse work late shifts and weekends. Appointing a committee to study the dead horse. Arranging to visit other countries to see precisely how other cultures ride dead horses.

Convening a helpful dead horse productivity improvement workshop. Lowering the standards so that dead horses can be included. Reclassifying the dead horse as now being “living-impaired”. Hiring outside contractors to ride and train the dead horse. Outsourcing the management of the dead horse. Harnessing several dead horses together to increase speed and productivity. 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 ratio.

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 of the economy than do live horses. Rewriting the expected performance requirements for all horses, living and “living impaired”.

And, of course, the highly effective… Promoting the dead horse to a supervisory position.


~ by upbeatmag on June 25, 2009.

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