The tribal wisdom of the Dakota Indians passed on from generation to generation says that when you discover you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount. In modern education and government, far more advanced strategies have emerged:

 


1 - Buy a stronger whip.
2 - Change riders.
3 - Threaten the horse with termination.
4 - Appoint a committee to study the horse.
5 - Visit other countries to see how others ride dead horses.
6 - Lower the standards so that dead horses can be included.
7 - Reclassify the dead horse as "living impaired."
8 - Hire outside contractors to ride the dead horse.
9 - Harness several dead horses together to increase the speed.
10 - Provide additional funding or training to increase the dead horse's performance.
11 - Create study to see if lighter riders will improve the dead horse's performance.
12 - Declare the dead horse contributes to the economy as less costly to maintain.
13 - Rewrite expected performance requirements for all horses.
14 - Promote dead horse to a supervisory position.
15 - Leverage the dead horse.
16 - Craft a win-win agreement with the dead horse.
17 - Build a glide path for the dead horse.
18 - Customize someone else's dead horse to meet our requirements.
19 - Empower the dead horse.
20 - Train the dead horse to envision the desired outcome of his work.