“The tribal wisdom of the Dakota Indians says when you discover you’re riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount. However, in modern business and ministry, because of the heavy investment factors, other strategies are often tried with dead horses, including:
- buying a stronger whip;
- changing riders;
- threatening the horse with termination;
- appointing a committee to study the horse;
- arranging to visit other sites to see how they ride dead horses;
- reclassifying the dead horse as “living-impaired”;
- hiring outside contractors to ride the dead horse;
- harnessing several dead horses together for increased speed;
- donating the dead horse to a recognized charity and deducting its full original cost;
- doing a time management study to see if lighter riders would improve productivity;
- declaring a dead horse has lower overhead and therefore performs better; and
- promoting the dead horse to a supervisory position.”
My favorites are numbers 4, 5, 8 and 12. Which are yours?
HT: Dr. Sam Lamerson.