Corporate Scouting -- Part Deux
Bruce Chandler (bhc54@YAHOO.COM)
Sun, 14 Jun 1998 19:51:06 -0700
Cherokee tribal wisdom says that when you discover you are riding
a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount. Pretty simple, don't
you think? This wisdom dates back at least several hundred years.
Modern tribes, however, sometimes feel that ancient wisdom can be
improved or replaced. Listed below are some present-day attempts
to deal with the dead horse problem:
1. Buying a stronger whip.
2. Changing riders.
3. Saying things like, "This is the way we have always ridden
4. Hiring a consultant to provide an outside perspective to
the dead horse situation.
5. Arranging to visit other sites to see how they deal
with dead horses.
6. Decreasing the standards to ride dead horses.
7. Appointing a tiger team to revive the dead horse.
8. Creating and implementing a training plan to increase the
riding ability of those tasked to ride dead horses.
9. Creating a link between the state of a dead horse
and the environment.
10. Passing a resolution declaring that "This horse is not dead."
11. Blaming the horse's parents.
12. Harnessing several dead horses together
for increased performance.
13. Providing additional funding to increase the horse's performance.
14. Undertaking a long-term study to see if contractors can ride it
15. Simply declaring that the horse is "better, faster,
and cheaper" dead.
16. Declaring that "No horse is too dead to beat."
17. Forming a quality circle to find uses for dead horses.
18. Revisting the performance requirements for horses.
19. Stating emphatically that this horse was procured with cost
as an independent variable.
20. Promoting the dead horse to a supervisory position.
Just (horse) food for thought.
ASM, Troop 351
"Just trying to do the next right thing."
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