“ 26  Dead Horse Strategies” Traditional Approaches to Resisting Change
Dakota tribal wisdom says that when you discover you are riding a dead  horse, the best strategy is to dismount. However, ...
Modern “Dead Horse” Strategies <ul><li>1.  Buy a stronger whip. </li></ul>
Modern “Dead Horse” Strategies <ul><li>1.  Buy a stronger whip. </li></ul><ul><li>2.  Change riders. </li></ul>
Modern “Dead Horse” Strategies <ul><li>1.  Buy a stronger whip. </li></ul><ul><li>2.  Change riders. </li></ul><ul><li>3. ...
Modern “Dead Horse” Strategies <ul><li>1.  Buy a stronger whip. </li></ul><ul><li>2.  Change riders. </li></ul><ul><li>3. ...
Modern “Dead Horse” Strategies <ul><li>1.  Buy a stronger whip. </li></ul><ul><li>2.  Change riders. </li></ul><ul><li>3. ...
Modern “Dead Horse” Strategies <ul><li>6.  Rewrite the standards for dead horse performance. </li></ul>
Modern “Dead Horse” Strategies <ul><li>6.  Rewrite the standards for dead horse performance. </li></ul><ul><li>7.  Appoint...
Modern “Dead Horse” Strategies <ul><li>6.  Rewrite the standards for dead horse performance. </li></ul><ul><li>7.  Appoint...
Modern “Dead Horse” Strategies <ul><li>6.  Rewrite the standards for dead horse performance. </li></ul><ul><li>7.  Appoint...
Modern “Dead Horse” Strategies <ul><li>6.  Rewrite the standards for dead horse performance. </li></ul><ul><li>7.  Appoint...
Modern “Dead Horse” Strategies <ul><li>11.  Hire contractors to ride the dead horse. </li></ul>
Modern “Dead Horse” Strategies <ul><li>11.  Hire contractors to ride the dead horse. </li></ul><ul><li>12.  Harness severa...
Modern “Dead Horse” Strategies <ul><li>11.  Hire contractors to ride the dead horse. </li></ul><ul><li>12.  Harness severa...
Modern “Dead Horse” Strategies <ul><li>11.  Hire contractors to ride the dead horse. </li></ul><ul><li>12.  Harness severa...
Modern “Dead Horse” Strategies <ul><li>11.  Hire contractors to ride the dead horse. </li></ul><ul><li>12.  Harness severa...
<ul><li>16.  Purchase a software product to make dead horses run faster. </li></ul>Modern “Dead Horse” Strategies
<ul><li>16.  Purchase a software product to make dead horses run faster. </li></ul><ul><li>17.  Declare that the horse is ...
<ul><li>16.  Purchase a software product to make dead horses run faster. </li></ul><ul><li>17.  Declare that the horse is ...
<ul><li>16.  Purchase a software product to make dead horses run faster. </li></ul><ul><li>17.  Declare that the horse is ...
<ul><li>16.  Purchase a software product to make dead horses run faster. </li></ul><ul><li>17.  Declare that the horse is ...
<ul><li>21.  Promote the dead horse to a supervisory position. </li></ul>Modern “Dead Horse” Strategies
<ul><li>21.  Promote the dead horse to a supervisory position. </li></ul><ul><li>22.  Shorten the track. </li></ul>Modern ...
<ul><li>21.  Promote the dead horse to a supervisory position. </li></ul><ul><li>22.  Shorten the track. </li></ul><ul><li...
<ul><li>21.  Promote the dead horse to a supervisory position. </li></ul><ul><li>22.  Shorten the track. </li></ul><ul><li...
<ul><li>21.  Promote the dead horse to a supervisory position. </li></ul><ul><li>22.  Shorten the track. </li></ul><ul><li...
<ul><li>26.  Get the horse a website. </li></ul>Modern “Dead Horse” Strategies
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  1. 1. “ 26 Dead Horse Strategies” Traditional Approaches to Resisting Change
  2. 2. Dakota tribal wisdom says that when you discover you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount. However, in business we often try other strategies with dead horses, including the following: DAKOTA TRIBAL WISDOM
  3. 3. Modern “Dead Horse” Strategies <ul><li>1. Buy a stronger whip. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Modern “Dead Horse” Strategies <ul><li>1. Buy a stronger whip. </li></ul><ul><li>2. Change riders. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Modern “Dead Horse” Strategies <ul><li>1. Buy a stronger whip. </li></ul><ul><li>2. Change riders. </li></ul><ul><li>3. Say things like &quot;This is the way we always have ridden this horse.” </li></ul>
  6. 6. Modern “Dead Horse” Strategies <ul><li>1. Buy a stronger whip. </li></ul><ul><li>2. Change riders. </li></ul><ul><li>3. Say things like &quot;This is the way we always have ridden this horse.” </li></ul><ul><li>4. Appoint a committee to study the horse. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Modern “Dead Horse” Strategies <ul><li>1. Buy a stronger whip. </li></ul><ul><li>2. Change riders. </li></ul><ul><li>3. Say things like &quot;This is the way we always have ridden this horse.” </li></ul><ul><li>4. Appoint a committee to study the horse. </li></ul><ul><li>5. Arrange to visit other sites to see how they ride dead horses. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Modern “Dead Horse” Strategies <ul><li>6. Rewrite the standards for dead horse performance. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Modern “Dead Horse” Strategies <ul><li>6. Rewrite the standards for dead horse performance. </li></ul><ul><li>7. Appoint a tiger team to revive the dead horse. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Modern “Dead Horse” Strategies <ul><li>6. Rewrite the standards for dead horse performance. </li></ul><ul><li>7. Appoint a tiger team to revive the dead horse. </li></ul><ul><li>8. Create a training session to increase riding ability. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Modern “Dead Horse” Strategies <ul><li>6. Rewrite the standards for dead horse performance. </li></ul><ul><li>7. Appoint a tiger team to revive the dead horse. </li></ul><ul><li>8. Create a training session to increase riding ability. </li></ul><ul><li>9. Compare the state of dead horses in today's environment. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Modern “Dead Horse” Strategies <ul><li>6. Rewrite the standards for dead horse performance. </li></ul><ul><li>7. Appoint a tiger team to revive the dead horse. </li></ul><ul><li>8. Create a training session to increase riding ability. </li></ul><ul><li>9. Compare the state of dead horses in today's environment. </li></ul><ul><li>10. Change the requirements, declaring that &quot;This horse is not dead.&quot; </li></ul>
  13. 13. Modern “Dead Horse” Strategies <ul><li>11. Hire contractors to ride the dead horse. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Modern “Dead Horse” Strategies <ul><li>11. Hire contractors to ride the dead horse. </li></ul><ul><li>12. Harness several dead horses together to increase speed and pulling power. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Modern “Dead Horse” Strategies <ul><li>11. Hire contractors to ride the dead horse. </li></ul><ul><li>12. Harness several dead horses together to increase speed and pulling power. </li></ul><ul><li>13. Declare that &quot;No horse is too dead to beat.&quot; </li></ul>
  16. 16. Modern “Dead Horse” Strategies <ul><li>11. Hire contractors to ride the dead horse. </li></ul><ul><li>12. Harness several dead horses together to increase speed and pulling power. </li></ul><ul><li>13. Declare that &quot;No horse is too dead to beat.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>14. Provide additional incentive funding to increase the horse's performance. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Modern “Dead Horse” Strategies <ul><li>11. Hire contractors to ride the dead horse. </li></ul><ul><li>12. Harness several dead horses together to increase speed and pulling power. </li></ul><ul><li>13. Declare that &quot;No horse is too dead to beat.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>14. Provide additional incentive funding to increase the horse's performance. </li></ul><ul><li>15. Do a cost analysis study to see if contractors can ride it cheaper. </li></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>16. Purchase a software product to make dead horses run faster. </li></ul>Modern “Dead Horse” Strategies
  19. 19. <ul><li>16. Purchase a software product to make dead horses run faster. </li></ul><ul><li>17. Declare that the horse is &quot;better, faster and cheaper&quot; dead. </li></ul>Modern “Dead Horse” Strategies
  20. 20. <ul><li>16. Purchase a software product to make dead horses run faster. </li></ul><ul><li>17. Declare that the horse is &quot;better, faster and cheaper&quot; dead. </li></ul><ul><li>18. Form a quality circle to find uses for dead horses. </li></ul>Modern “Dead Horse” Strategies
  21. 21. <ul><li>16. Purchase a software product to make dead horses run faster. </li></ul><ul><li>17. Declare that the horse is &quot;better, faster and cheaper&quot; dead. </li></ul><ul><li>18. Form a quality circle to find uses for dead horses. </li></ul><ul><li>19. Revisit the performance requirements for horses. </li></ul>Modern “Dead Horse” Strategies
  22. 22. <ul><li>16. Purchase a software product to make dead horses run faster. </li></ul><ul><li>17. Declare that the horse is &quot;better, faster and cheaper&quot; dead. </li></ul><ul><li>18. Form a quality circle to find uses for dead horses. </li></ul><ul><li>19. Revisit the performance requirements for horses. </li></ul><ul><li>20. Say “This horse was procured with cost as an independent variable.” </li></ul>Modern “Dead Horse” Strategies
  23. 23. <ul><li>21. Promote the dead horse to a supervisory position. </li></ul>Modern “Dead Horse” Strategies
  24. 24. <ul><li>21. Promote the dead horse to a supervisory position. </li></ul><ul><li>22. Shorten the track. </li></ul>Modern “Dead Horse” Strategies
  25. 25. <ul><li>21. Promote the dead horse to a supervisory position. </li></ul><ul><li>22. Shorten the track. </li></ul><ul><li>23. Establish Benchmarks for industry dead-horse leaders. </li></ul>Modern “Dead Horse” Strategies
  26. 26. <ul><li>21. Promote the dead horse to a supervisory position. </li></ul><ul><li>22. Shorten the track. </li></ul><ul><li>23. Establish Benchmarks for industry dead-horse leaders. </li></ul><ul><li>24. Gather other dead animals and announce a diversity program. </li></ul>Modern “Dead Horse” Strategies
  27. 27. <ul><li>21. Promote the dead horse to a supervisory position. </li></ul><ul><li>22. Shorten the track. </li></ul><ul><li>23. Establish benchmarks for industry dead-horse leaders. </li></ul><ul><li>24. Gather other dead animals and announce a diversity program. </li></ul><ul><li>25. Put together a spiffy PowerPoint presentation to get planners to double the dead-horse R&D budget. </li></ul>Modern “Dead Horse” Strategies And last, but not least...
  28. 28. <ul><li>26. Get the horse a website. </li></ul>Modern “Dead Horse” Strategies

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