The Wisdom of the Dakota Indians – how to Ride a Dead Horse

The Dakota Indians say that when you discover that you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount. However, in business, education, government, and in the home, a range of far more advanced strategies are being deployed. So, when you discover that you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to:

  • Buy a stronger whip.
  • Change riders.
  • Threaten to fire the horse.
  • Harness several dead horses together to increase speed.
  • Appoint a committee to study the horse.
  • Throw money at the horse.
  • Develop a training session to improve riding ability.
  • Update the manual.
  • Lower the standards of what defines a living horse, so that dead horses are included.
  • Reclassify the horse as “living-impaired.”
  • Get more experts to investigate the dead horse. Fire those that claim the horse is dead.
  • Proclaim that others ride exactly this type of horse successfully.
  • Proclaim that riders that refuse to ride the dead horse are lazy, have no ambition and are not “all-in” – then replace them.
  • Reminisce elaborately on all the good times you had while riding that horse.
  • Hire consultants.
  • Increase funding to increase the dead horse’s performance.
  • Ride the dead horse “outside the box.”
  • Make the dead horse shareholder.
  • Threaten to cur the horse’s bonus.
  • Get the horse social media visibility.
  • Kill all the other horses so the dead one doesn’t stand out.
  • Pronounce that the dead horse doesn’t need food, water or care, carries lower overhead and is less costly, and therefore contributes substantially more to the bottom line than other horses.
  • Rewrite the performance requirements for all horses.
  • Name the dead horse, “paradigm shift” and keep riding it.
  • Ride the dead horse “smarter, not harder.”
  • Replace „riding a dead horse“ with “innovation” in all comms.
  • Point out that the dead horse produces less manure and thus fewer climate damaging gasses.
  • Declare “God told us to ride this horse.”
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About Clemens P. Suter

I read, write, paint, and travel through space. I support charity and good causes with my royalties.
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