Business Wisdom vs. Dakota Tribal WisdomI recently got a copy of this from an acquaintance. It was so good I had to share it. This can apply to projects, people, or strategies.

Dakota tribal wisdom says that when you discover you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount.

However, in business, we often try other strategies with dead horses, including the following:

  • Changing riders
  • Increasing the standards to ride dead horses
  • Creating a training session to increase our riding ability
  • Hiring contractors to ride the dead horse
  • Harnessing several dead horses together for increased speed
  • Forming a quality circle to find uses for dead horses
  • Promoting the dead horse to a supervisory position

Notice, this is for a DEAD horse, not a “new” horse, not an “untried” horse, not a “sick” horse, and not a “dying” horse — you can work with any of those. This is a “dead horse”.