Tribal Wisdom vs. The Modern Age

The tribal wisdom of the Dakota Indians, passed on from generation to generation, says that when you discover that you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount.

In the modern "politically correct" age, however, a whole range of far more advanced strategies are often employed, such as:

  1. Buy a stronger whip.

  2. Change riders.

  3. Engage an outplacement service for dead horses.

  4. Appoint a committee to study the horse.

  5. Arrange to visit other countries to see how others ride dead horses.

  6. Lower the standards so that dead horses can be included.

  7. Re-classify the dead horse as "living, impaired".

  8. Hire outside contractors to ride the dead horse.

  9. Harness several dead horses together to increase the speed.

  10. Provide additional funding and/or training to increase the dead horse's performance.

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

  12. Declare 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 some other horses.

  13. Re-write the expected performance requirements for horses.

  14. Promote the dead horse to a supervisory position.

  15. Leverage the dead horse.

  16. Craft a win-win agreement with the dead horse.

  17. Build a glide path for the dead horse.

  18. Customize someone else's dead horse to meet our requirements.

  19. Empower the dead horse.

  20. Train the dead horse to envision the desired outcome of his work.

  21. Encourage the dead horse with stock options.

  22. First issue a verbal warning, then issue a written warning, then call your lawyers to be prepared to be sued by the horse for termination.

  23. Finally: Look into ancient tribal wisdom like the old Dakota saying that says that when you discover that you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to... Oh! what do they know about strategy.

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