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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Example is leadership. - Albert Schweitzer

I should like to be a horse. - Queen Elizabeth II

Horse ovaries (hors d'oeuvres) - Archie Bunker

Leadership is action, not position. - Samuel Gompers

Act like a horse. Be dumb. Just run. - Unknown

Use a little of your horse's sense. - Archie Bunker

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

A unicorn is just a horse with a point of view. - Ron Sexsmith

Panic plays no part in the training of a nurse. - Elizabeth Kenny

Care, and not fine stables, makes a good horse. - Danish Proverb

Greatness is a road leading towards the unknown. - Charles de Gaulle

The speed of a runaway horse counts for nothing. - Jean Cocteau

Marry me and I'll never look at another horse! - Groucho Marx

Lots of folks confuse bad management with destiny. - Kin Hubbard

Management is nothing more than motivating people. - Lee Iacocca

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

Politicians can't manage. All they can do is talk. - Donald Trump

This is really a lovely horse. I once rode her mother. - Ted Walsh

You don't have to have been a horse to be a jockey. - Arigo Saachi

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

Leadership does not always wear the harness of compromise. - Woodrow Wilson

The only way I can get a leading-man role is if I write it. - John Cleese

Horse Manure: 50p per pre-packed bag. 20p - do it your self. - Unknown

Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight, and bull-strong. - Unknown

You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him float. - Unknown

You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink. - English Proverb

Don't worry about the horse being blind, just load the wagon. - John Madden

Dogs are getting bigger, according to a leading dog manufacturer. - Leo Rosten

The wagon rests in winter, the sleigh in summer, the horse never. - Yiddish Proverb

Creative minds have been known to survive any sort of bad training. - Anna Freud

Leaders inspire. They aren't assigned leadership. They command it. - Dr. Phil McGraw

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

Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things. - Peter F Drucker

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 most powerful leadership tool you have is your own personal example. - Unknown

To err is human. To blame it on somebody else shows management potential. - Unknown

The best time management strategy: don't find the time, find the why. - Chris Guillebeau

When rats infest the palace, a lame cat is better than the swiftest horse. - Chinese Proverb

A horse doesn't care how much you know until it knows how much you care. - Tom Smith

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

Skateboarding is training, but I don't think of it as training. It's fun. - Shaun White

You do not lead by hitting people over the head; that is assault, not leadership. - Dwight D Eisenhower

Take care to sell your horse before he dies. The art of life is passing losses on. - Robert Frost

Leadership is all about influence - the first person you need to influence is you. - John C Maxwell

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

You've got to concentrate on one idea. You can't ride a horse with two asses. - Joe Segal

Half of the failures in life come from pulling one’s horse when he is leaping. - Thomas Hood

The one thing I do not want to be called is First Lady. It sounds like a saddle horse. - Jacqueline Kennedy

The day people stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. - Gen. Colin Powell

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

I'd call him a sadistic, hippophilic necrophile, but that would be beating a dead horse. - Woody Allen

Leadership is all about influence and everything rises and falls on leadership... everything. - John C Maxwell

Supporting myself at an early age was the best training for life I could have possibly received. - Lea Thompson

An Irishman after trying American beer for the first time: "Put it back in the horse!" - Unknown

It is not best that we should all think alike; it is differences of opinion that make horse races. - Mark Twain

A definite purpose, like blinders on a horse, inevitably narrows its possessor's point of view. - Robert Frost

Leadership: The art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it. - Dwight D Eisenhower

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

Leadership is getting someone to do what they don't want to do, to achieve what they want to achieve. - Tom Landry

Democracy is very different in U.S. and A. from Kazakhstan. In America, woman can vote, but horse cannot! - Borat Sagdiyev

I believe that if ever I had to practice cannibalism, I might manage if there were enough tarragon around. - James Beard

Like the old adverb, "you can lead a gift horse to the water but ya can't look in his mouth." - Archie Bunker

Drag your thoughts away from your troubles... by the ears, by the heels, or any other way you can manage it. - Mark Twain

Leadership is the special quality which enables people to stand up and pull the rest of us over the horizon. - James L Fisher

It's because you're scared that there's danger.
But could she manage not to be scared anymore? - Johanna Verweerd

Basketball develops individuality, initiative, and leadership. Now get out there and do exactly what I tell you to. - Dick Vitale

Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success. - Dale Carnegie

We have to prove beyond the shadow of a doubt that it is talent and training, not color, that makes a ballet dancer. - Arthur Mitchell

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

We do not need to attend classroom training programs for everything. Observation opens the windows of knowledge around us. - Sukant Ratnakar

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

Many training programs and often schools focus on just a skill or a kind of work competency. That's only half the equation. - Gerald Chertavian

When you're young and you fall off a horse, you may break something. When you're my age and you fall off, you splatter. - Roy Rogers

When it comes to housework the one thing no book of household management can ever tell you is how to begin. Or maybe I mean why. - Katharine Whitehorn

I hated every minute of training, but I said, "Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion." - Muhammad Ali

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

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

In a world of complex threats, our security and leadership depends on all elements of our power - including strong and principled diplomacy. - Barack Obama

Leadership is a matter of having people look at you and gain confidence, seeing how you react. If you're in control, they're in control. - Tom Landry

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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