Cowboys know that when you discover you are riding a dead horse the best strategy is to dismount and change horses. In business, however, it seems that we try other strategies with dead horses:
1. Buy a stronger whip.
2. Change riders.
3. Say things like, "This is the way we always have ridden this horse."
4. Appointing a committee to study the horse.
5. Arraging to visit other sites to see how they ride dead horses.
6. Increasing the standards to ride dead horses.
7. Appointing a tiger team to ride the dead horse.
8. Creating a training session to improve our riding ability.
9. Change the requirements to declare "the horse is not dead."
10. Hire a contractor to ride the dead horse.
12. Harness several dead horses together for increased speed.
13. Declare "No horse is too dead to beat."
14. Provide additional funding to improve the horse's performance.
15. Purchase a product to make dead horses run faster.
16. Declare the dead horse "better, faster, and cheaper."
17. Form a quality circle to find uses for dead horses.
19. Revisist the performance requirements for horses.
21. Promote the dead horse to a supervisory position.
Unfortunately the option of budgeting for a new horse and feed to keep said horse alive is almost never considered.