Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Something To Laugh About

I was given this jokey one-pager (I am forgetting where I got it), but though it outlined various times in my working with non-profits, especially as of late, boards. Hope you find it funny as well:

"Dakota tribal wisdom says that when you discover you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount. However in nonprofits/business we often try other strategies with dead horses, including the following:

  1. Buying a stronger whip.
  2. Changing riders.
  3. Saying things like, "this is the way we have ridden horse".
  4. Appointing a committee to study the horse.
  5. Arranging to visit another site to see how they ride horses.
  6. Appointing a tiger team to revive the dead horse.
  7. Creating a training session to increase the riding environment.
  8. Changing the requirements to specify that "Horses shall not die".
  9. Comparing the fate of horses in today's environment.
  10. Hiring contractors to ride the dead horse.
  11. Harnessing several dead horses together for increased speed.
  12. Declaring that "No dead horse is too dead to ride".
  13. Providing additional funding to increase the horses performance.
  14. Doing a study to see if the horse can be ridden cheaper if outsourced.
  15. Purchasing a product to revitalize the dead horse.
  16. Declaring the dead horse is "better, faster and cheaper".
  17. Forming a quality circle to find uses for dead horses.
  18. Revisiting the performance requirements for horses.
  19. Promoting the dead horse to a supervisory position.
How does this relate to your work?

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