The tribal wisdom of the Dakota Indians, passed on from one generation to the next, says that when you discover you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount.
However, in modern business, because of the heavy investment factors to be taken into
consideration, often other strategies have to be tried with dead horses, including the
1. Buying a stronger whip.
2. Changing riders.
3. Threatening the horse with termination.
4. Appointing a committee to study the 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. Appointing an intervention team to reanimate the dead horse.
8. Creating a training session to increase the riders load share.
9. Reclassifying the dead horse as living-impaired.
10. Change the form so that it reads: “This horse is not dead.”
11. Hire outside contractors to ride the dead horse.
12. Harness several dead horses together for increased speed.
13. Donate the dead horse to a recognized charity, thereby deducting its full original
14. Providing additional funding to increase the horse’s performance.
15. Do a time management study to see if the lighter riders would improve productivity.
16. Purchase an after-market product to make dead horses run faster.
17. Declare that a dead horse has lower overhead and therefore performs better.
18. Form a quality focus group to find profitable uses for dead horses.
19. Rewrite the expected performance requirements for horses.
20. Promote the dead horse to a supervisory position.
You manage things; you lead people. - Grace M Hopper
Use a little of your horse's sense. - Archie Bunker
Leadership is a choice, not a position. - Stephen Covey
Leadership is an ever-evolving position. - Mike Krzyzewski
What Washington needs is adult supervision. - Barack Obama
Behind leadership there is always a person. - Unknown
Why, I'd horse-whip you if I had a horse. - Groucho Marx
Lend a horse, and you may have back his skin. - English Proverb
Few girls are as well shaped as a good horse. - Christopher Morley
Care, and not fine stables, makes a good horse. - Danish Proverb
The speed of a runaway horse counts for nothing. - Jean Cocteau
The old horse in the stable still yearns to run. - Mongolian Proverb
Marry me and I'll never look at another horse! - Groucho Marx
Smoking is one of the leading causes of statistics. - Fletcher Knebel
Paying alimony is like feeding hay to a dead horse. - Groucho Marx
I had the best buffalo horse that ever made a track. - Buffalo Bill
Trust should be the basis for all our moral training. - Robert Baden-Powell
This is really a lovely horse. I once rode her mother. - Ted Walsh
The art of communication is the language of leadership. - James Humes
Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other. - John F Kennedy
A rabbit's foot is a poor substitute for horse sense. - Unknown
Life is like a horse - either you ride it or it rides you. - Unknown
The only way I can get a leading-man role is if I write it. - John Cleese
Leadership cannot really be taught. It can only be learned. - Harold Geneen
Management is a practice where art, science, and craft meet. - Henry Mintzberg
The key to successful leadership is influence, not authority. - Kenneth H Blanchard
The wagon rests in winter, the sleigh in summer, the horse never. - Yiddish Proverb
Leadership, like swimming, cannot be learned by reading about it. - Henry Mintzberg
Every time you have to speak, you are auditioning for leadership. - James Humes
You can not lead a battle if you think you look silly on a horse. - Napoleon Bonaparte
Reality: The leading cause of stress among those in touch with it. - Lily Tomlin
A lame cat is better than a swift horse when rats infest the palace. - Chinese Proverb
Leadership is taking responsibility while others are making excuses. - John C Maxwell
All music is folk music. I ain't never heard no horse sing a song. - Louis Armstrong
It's too late to close the stable door after the horse has bolted. - French Proverb
Without initiative, leaders are simply workers in leadership positions. - Bo Bennett
The art of leadership is saying no, not yes. It is very easy to say yes. - Tony Blair
The beginning of leadership is a battle for the hearts and minds of men. - Bernard L Montgomery
To err is human. To blame it on somebody else shows management potential. - Unknown
The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership. - Harvey S Firestone
The best training a top manager can be engaged in is management by example. - Carlos Ghosn
Be stubbornly committed to your team, but flexible in your leadership style. - Jo Miller
You can lead a horse to water but I'd rather ride it to the liquor store. - Wayne Nowazek
It's hard to lead a cavalry charge if you think you look funny on a horse. - Adlai Stevenson
Leadership is intangible, and therefore no weapon ever designed can replace it. - Omar N. Bradley
In fifty years, he never worked a day. To him, nine to five was odds on a horse. - Archie Bunker
Leadership is not something you do to people; it is something you do for people. - Ken Blanchard
Leadership is at its best making promises to the people... and then keeping them. - Unknown
Real leadership is leaders recognizing that they serve the people that they lead. - Pete Hoekstra
Ninety percent of leadership is the ability to communicate something people want. - Dianne Feinstein
Perspective is to painting what the bridle is to the horse, the rudder to a ship. - Leonardo da Vinci
Take care to sell your horse before he dies. The art of life is passing losses on. - Robert Frost
You can only go as high on the leadership ladder as your character will allow you. - John C Maxwell
To God I speak Spanish, to women Italian, to men French, and to my horse - German. - Emperor Charles V
An Englishman teaching an American about food is like the blind leading the one-eyed. - A.J. Liebling
Some people play a horse to win, some to place. I should have bet this horse to live. - Henny Youngman
Half of the failures in life come from pulling one’s horse when he is leaping.
- Thomas Hood
A horse gallops with his lungs, perseveres with his heart, and wins with his character. - Tesio
The day people stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. - Colin Powell
Good management consists in showing average people how to do the work of superior people. - John Rockefeller
Integrity is the most valuable and respected quality of leadership. Always keep your word. - Brian Tracy
One of the worst things that can happen in life is to win a bet on a horse at an early age. - Danny McGoorty
Somewhere in the world someone is training when you are not. When you race him, he will win. - Tom Fleming
Thank you, horseradish, for being neither a radish nor a horse. What you are is a liar food. - Jimmy Fallon
An Irishman after trying American beer for the first time: "Put it back in the horse!" - Unknown
Leadership is the art of getting others to want to do something you are convinced should be done. - Vance Packard
It is not best that we should all think alike; it is differences of opinion that make horse races. - Mark Twain
Leadership is not about titles, positions or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another. - John C Maxwell
Leadership does not mean getting people to do their job. It means getting people to do their best. - Unknown
The role of leadership is to transform the complex situation into small pieces and prioritize them. - Carlos Ghosn
One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency. - Arnold H. Glasow
Diabetes is a great example whereby, giving the patient the tools, you can manage yourself very well. - Clayton Christensen
When Henry Ford made cheap, reliable cars people said, 'Nah, what's wrong with a horse?' - Elon Musk
It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive, but those who can best manage change. - Charles Darwin
Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out. - Stephen Covey
Teaching is a calling. Teachers in their way are holy - angels leading their flocks out of the darkness. - Jeanette Walls
Leadership is getting someone to do what they don't want to do, to achieve what they want to achieve. - Tom Landry
Like the old adverb, "you can lead a gift horse to the water but ya can't look in his mouth." - Archie Bunker
Leadership is the special quality which enables people to stand up and pull the rest of us over the horizon. - James L Fisher
The best leaders identify what promises they are being held to, manage expectations, and honor those promises. - Bob Anderson
It's because you're scared that there's danger.
But could she manage not to be scared anymore? - Johanna Verweerd
Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success. - Dale Carnegie
A fly, Sir, may sting a stately horse and make him wince; but, one is but an insect, and the other is a horse still. - Samuel Johnson
Do you ever get halfway through eating a horse and go, 'You know, I'm not as hungry as I thought I was'? - Tim Vinel
Adversity has the same effect on a man that severe training has on the pugilist: it reduces him to his fighting weight. - Josh Billings
We do not need to attend classroom training programs for everything. Observation opens the windows of knowledge around us. - Sukant Ratnakar
Whoever is providing leadership needs to be as fresh and thoughtful and reflective as possible to make the very best fight. - Faye Wattleton
Trying to manage diabetes is hard because if you don't, there are consequences you'll have to deal with later in life. - Bryan Adams
Cut out the free feed for the boss hogs at the public trough and the spill-over they've been leaving us. We'll manage. - Paul Harvey
Leadership is all about caring, daring and sharing. Caring for people, Daring to Act fearlessly, and Sharing the success with all. - Sujit Lalwani
I hope you have not been leading a double life, pretending to be wicked and being really good all the time. That would be hypocrisy. - Oscar Wilde
A doable goal for me is to finish a marathon under four hours. I'm doing all the training, but the hardest part is eating right. - Sean Astin
The conventional definition of management is getting work done through people, but real management is developing people through work. - Agha Hasan Abedi
The talk you hear about adapting to change is not only stupid, it's dangerous. The only way you can manage change is to create it. - Peter F Drucker
There's only one thing worse than training your staff and having them leave, and that's not training them and having them stay. - Zig Ziglar
Finance functions lose the potential to steer their organizations to success when they defer performance management to other functions. - Jack Alexander
In a world of complex threats, our security and leadership depends on all elements of our power - including strong and principled diplomacy. - Barack Obama
Technology is dominated by two types of people: those who understand what they do not manage, and those who manage what they do not understand. - Archibald Putt
One of the most important leadership lessons is realizing you're not the most important or the most intelligent person in the room at all times. - Mario Batall
Regarded simply as a politician, and compared with the other leading political figures of our time, how clean a smell he has managed to leave behind. - Mahatma Gandhi
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