The tribal wisdom of the Dakota Indians says that when you discover you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount and change horses. – Rather than following good old common sense, however, we often try alternative strategies. Here is today’s advice in the form of “The Top Ten Strategies for Dealing With A Dead Horse.”

  1. Buy a stronger whip.
  2. Change riders.
  3. Appoint a committee to study the horse.
  4. Find a team to revive the horse.
  5. Send out a memo declaring that the horse isn’t really dead.
  6. Hire an expensive consultant to find the real problem.
  7. Harness several horses together for increased speed and efficiency.
  8. Rewrite the standard definition of a “live” horse.
  9. Declare that the horse is better, faster and cheaper when it’s dead.
  10. Promote the horse to a supervisory position.