The US edition of The Guardian on November 26, 1999, published a piece on beating a "dead horse" in today's capitalistic world of work & careers using the ancient wisdom of Native Americans. The Dakota are a Native American tribe in North America. They compose 2 of the 3 main subcultures of the Sioux people & are typically divided into the Eastern & the Western Dakota having tribal lands from present day Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska, & into Canada.
The Tribal Wisdom of the Dead Horse from the Dakota Indians
The tribal wisdom of the Dakota Indians, passed on from one generation to the next, says that when you discover that you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount.
But in modern business, because heavy investment factors are taken into consideration, other strategies are often tried with dead horses, including the following:
1. Buying a stronger whip.
2. Changing riders.
3. Threatening the dead horse with termination.
4. Appointing a committee to study the dead horse.
5. Arranging to visit other sites to see how they ride dead horses.
6. Lowering the standards so that dead horses can be included.
7. Reclassifying the dead horse as "living-impaired."
8. Hiring outside contractors to ride the dead horse.
9. Harnessing several dead horses together to increase speed.
10. Providing additional funding and/or training to increase the dead horse's performance.
11. Doing a productivity study to see if lighter riders would improve the dead horse's production.
12. Declaring that the dead horse carries lower overhead & therefore contributes more to the bottom line than some other horses.
13. Rewriting the expected performance requirements for all horses.
14. Promoting the dead horse to a supervisory position.