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Dead horse strategies

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."

updated for the 21st century this could mean:
  • Nationalising the dead horse
  • Re-aligning the organizational aims to better fit the needs of the dead horse. Giving dead horse and rider a good bollocking (a favourite in previous centuries too).
  • Re-structuring the dead horse's reward scale to contain a performance-related element (obviously..)
  • Suspending the horse's access to the executive grassy meadow until it improves its attitude and makes good all productivity shortfalls.
  • Finding a mentor or buddy for the dead horse.
  • Examining the cost-savings accruing from de-skilling the dead horse function.
  • Outsourcing the management and/or the riding of the dead horse to a specialist dead horse management company