Corporate Policy and the Dead Horse

Tribal wisdom passed on through generations of Native Americans, says that when you discover that you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount.   


Modern business, due to the logical weight of heavy investment factors, new and improved strategies are instituted with dead horses, for instance:

Changing riders.

Buying a stronger whip.

Threatening the horse with termination.


Insisting: "This is the way we've always ridden."

Appointing a committee to study the dead horse.

Arranging a visit to other sites to see how they ride dead horses.

Raising the standards for riding dead horses.

Running a productivity study to see if lighter riders would improve the dead horse's performance.

Appointing a task force to revive the dead horse.

Creating a training session to improve riding skills, and/or increase the dead horse's performance.

Comparing the state of dead horses in today's environment.

Changing the requirements so that the horse no longer meets the standard of being dead, more accurately reclassified as "living-impaired."

Hiring a consultant to show how to ride a dead horse.

Harnessing several dead horses together to increase speed.

Increasing funding to improve the horse's performance.

Declaring that no horse is too dead to beat.

Designing a study to see if outsourcing will reduce the cost of riding a dead horse, followed by hiring outside contractors to ride the dead horse.

Buying a computer program to enhance dead-horse performance.

Declaring the dead horse carries lower overhead, thereby contributing more to the bottom line than some other horses.

Forming a work group to find uses for dead horses.

Adjusting the performance requirements for horses.

Promoting the dead horse to a supervisory position.


Photo Credit:  York Daily Record


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