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The Government’s perspective on Beating that Dead Horse

August 4, 2010


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: 

  1. Buy a stronger, bigger, better, more expensive whip.
  2. Change the riders.
  3. Say things like “This is the way we have always ridden this horse.”
  4. Arrange to visit other companies to benchmark how they ride their dead horses.
  5. Lower the standards so that riding dead horses seems easier.
  6. Appoint a Tiger Team to revive the dead horse.
  7. Create a training session to increase our riding ability on our dead horse.
  8. Compare the state of dead horses in today’s environment.
  9. Pass legislation declaring that “This horse is not dead.”
  10. Blame the dead horse’s parents.  
  11. Harness several dead horses together for increased speed.
  12. Declare that “No horse is too dead to beat.”
  13. Provide additional funding to increase the horse’s performance.
  14. Do a Cost Analysis to see if Contractors can ride the dead horse cheaper.
  15. Procure a commercial off-the-shelf dead horse.
  16. Declare this is what we wanted anyway; the horse is “better, faster and cheaper” dead.
  17. Form a Quality circle to find uses for dead horses.
  18. Revisit the performance requirements for the dead horses.
  19. Say this dead horse was procured with cost as an independent variable.
  20. Blame the horse farm on which it was born.
  21. Promote the dead horse to a supervisory position.

No live horses were harmed during the making of this blog.  🙂

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