Monday, April 07, 2008

Dead Horse Theory

Someone forwarded an interesting mail which did sound a good fit with many corporate policies. So read and have fun.

'When you discover that you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount and get a different horse.'

However, in government, education and corporates India, more advanced strategies are often employed, such as:

1. Buying a stronger whip.

2. Changing riders.

3. Appointing a committee to study the horse.

4. Arranging to visit to other countries to see how other cultures ride dead horses.

5. Lowering the standards so that the dead horse can be included.

6. Reclassifying the dead horse as 'living impaired'.

7. Hiring outside contractors to ride the dead horse.

8. Harnessing several dead horses together to increase speed.

9. Providing additional funding and / or training to increase dead horse's performance.

10. Doing a productivity study to see if lighter riders would improve the dead horse's performance.

11. Declaring that as the dead horse does not have to be fed, it is less costly, carries lower overheads and

therefore contributes substantially more to the bottom line of the economy than do some other horses.

12. Rewriting the expected performance requirements for all horses. And, of course,

13. Promoting the dead horse to a supervisory position!

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