So … the horse is dead. What’s the best thing to do with it? Here’s a handy list (unashamedly copied from Louis Patler’s book Dont Compete…TILT! )
- Buy a stronger whip.
- Change riders.
- Say things like “This is the way we always have ridden this horse.”
- Appoint a committee to study the horse.
- Arrange to visit other sites to see how they ride dead horses.
- Rewrite the standards for dead horse performance.
- Appoint a triage team to revive the dead horse.
- Create a training session to increase riding ability.
- Compare the state of dead horses in today’s environment.
- Change the requirements, declaring that “This horse is not dead.”
- Hire outside consultants to ride the dead horse.
- Harness several dead horses together to increase speed and pulling power.
- Declare that “No horse is too dead to beat.”
- Provide additional incentive funding (more sticks, more carrots) to increase the horse’s performance.
- Do a case study to see if competitors can ride it cheaper.
- Purchase a software product to make dead horses run faster.
- Declare the horse is `better, faster and cheaper’ dead.
- Form a quality circle to find uses for dead horses.
- Revisit the performance requirements for horses.
- Say this horse was procured with cost as an independent variable.
- Promote the dead horse to a supervisory position.
- Shorten the track.
- Establish Benchmarks for industry dead-horse leaders.
- Gather other dead animals and announce a new diversity program.
- Put together a spiffy PowerPoint presentation to get planners to double the dead horse R&D budget.
- Get the horse a Website!”
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