Native Wisdom vs. Modern Business Practice

Tribal wisdom passed on from one generation to the next


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 following:

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 cost.
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.


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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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