The Government’s perspective on Beating that Dead Horse
Very old, but still worth a smile. 🙂
Dakota tribal wisdom (not politically correct any more, but…) says that when you discover you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount. However, in Government, we have seen that they often try other strategies with dead horses, including (but, not limited to) the following:
- Buy a stronger, bigger, better, more expensive whip.
- Change the riders.
- Say things like “This is the way we have always ridden this horse.”
- Arrange to visit other companies to benchmark how they ride their dead horses.
- Lower the standards so that riding dead horses seems easier.
- Appoint a Tiger Team to revive the dead horse.
- Create a training session to increase our riding ability on our dead horse.
- Compare the state of dead horses in today’s environment.
- Pass legislation declaring that “This horse is not dead.”
- Blame the dead horse’s parents.
- Harness several dead horses together for increased speed.
- Declare that “No horse is too dead to beat.”
- Provide additional funding to increase the horse’s performance.
- Do a Cost Analysis to see if Contractors can ride the dead horse cheaper.
- Procure a commercial off-the-shelf dead horse.
- Declare this is what we wanted anyway; the horse is “better, faster and cheaper” dead.
- Form a Quality circle to find uses for dead horses.
- Revisit the performance requirements for the dead horses.
- Say this dead horse was procured with cost as an independent variable.
- Blame the horse farm on which it was born.
- Promote the dead horse to a supervisory position.
No live horses were harmed during the making of this blog. 🙂