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We’ve bested tribal wisdom

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The tribal wisdom of the Dakota Indians, passed on from generation to generation, says that, “When you discover that you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount.” However, in government, education and in corporate America, more advanced strategies are often employed, such as: 1. Buying a stronger whip. 2. Changing riders. 3. Appointing a committee to study the horse. 4. Visit other countries to see how other cultures ride dead horses. 5. Lowering the standards so that dead horses can be included. 6. Reclassifying the dead horse as living-impaired. 7. Hiring outside contractors to ride the dead horse. 8. Harnessing several dead horses together to increase speed. 9. Additional funding/training to increase dead horse’s performance. 10. Conduct a productivity study to see if lighter riders would improve the dead horse’s performance. 11. Declaring that as the dead horse does not have to be fed, it is less costly, carries lower overhead and therefore contributes substantially more to the bottom line of the economy than do some other horses. 12. Rewriting the expected performance requirements for all horses. And of course ... 13. Promoting the dead horse to a supervisory position. I loved this but also considered how often we keep beating a dead horse in our own lives instead of facing the uncertainty of getting off it and trying something different. Pauline Moreno, Foresthill