Sunday, March 4, 2012

If you're not a part of the solution, there's good money to be made in prolonging the problem.

There is a joke about dead horses going around .... entitled ... "Beating a Dead Horse."

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From the American Indian Group (the Dakotas), there is a tribal wisdom that when you discover you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount.

However, the corporate strategy often tries other strategies with dead horses including the following:

1. Buying a stronger whip

2. Changing riders

3. Say things like, "This is the way we have always ridden this horse"

4. Appointing a committee to study the horse

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

6. Increasing the standards to ride dead horses

7. Appointing a tiger team to revive the dead horses

8. Creating a training session to increase our riding ability

9. Comparing the state of dead horses in todays environment

10. Change the requirements declaring that "This horse is not dead"

11. Hire contractors to ride the dead horse

12. Harnessing several dead horses together for increased speed

13. Declaring that "No horse is too dead to beat"

14. Providing additional funding to increase the horse's performance

15. Do a cost analysis study to see if contractors can ride it cheaper

16. Purchase a product to make dead horses run faster

17. Declare the horse is "better, faster and cheaper" dead

18. Form a quality circle to find uses for dead horses

19. Revisit the performance requirements for horses

20. Say that horse was procured with cost as an independent variable

In summary:

1. Acquire dead horse

2. ????



  1. Funny, man, funny. And too true. One thing you won't find in corporate strategy is being honest. They just like making the same mistakes over and over.

  2. put the dead horse in a barn and set the barn on fire, collect the insurance. that's how i roll.


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