From an email:
Wisdom says, "When you discover you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount." In business, government and (sometimes) education often other strategies are tried with dead horses, including the following:
· Buying a stronger whip.
· Changing riders.
· Saying things like, "This is the way we have always ridden this horse."
· Appointing a committee to study the horse.
· Arranging to visit other sites to see how they ride dead horses.
· Increasing the standards to ride dead horses.
· Appointing a tiger team to revive the dead horse.
· Creating a training session to increase our riding ability.
· Comparing the state of dead horses in today's environment vs. in history.
· Changing the requirements, declaring, "This horse is not dead."
· Hiring contractors to ride the dead horse.
· Harnessing several dead horses together for increased speed.
· Declaring that "No horse is too dead to beat."
· Providing additional funding to increase the horse's performance.
· Funding a study to see if contractors can ride it cheaper.
· Purchasing a product to make dead horses run faster.
· Declaring the horse is "better, faster and cheaper dead."
· Forming a quality circle to find uses for dead horses.
· Revisiting the performance requirements for horses.
· Saying this horse was procured with cost as an independent variable.
· Promoting the dead horse to a supervisory position.
Update, 6:11 pm: Are there any others you've experienced or can imagine? Add a comment!