Thoughts on technology and innovation
Sig VanDamme, Founder
Lakotah tribal wisdom says that when you discover you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount. Makes perfect sense right?
However, in some organizations other (much less sensible) strategies are being tried:
1. Buying a larger whip.
2. Changing riders.
3. Harnessing several dead horses together to increase performance.
4. Saying things like, "This is the way we have always ridden this horse."
5. Provide additional funding and/or training to increase the dead horse’s performance.
6. Conducting a study to see if private contractors can ride the dead horse cheaper.
7. Appointing a committee to study the dead horse and suggest improvements.
8. Arranging to visit other tribes to see how they ride dead horses.
9. Creating a training session to improve riding skills.
10. Revising performance goals for dead horses.
11. Promoting the dead horse to a supervisory position.
Chances are you can identify a number of dead horses in your organization. Perhaps it is a combative colleague who refuses to adapt, a legacy policy or procedure that no longer provides value or a software system that you continually struggle with.
How much time and effort has your organization spent with a horse? I would encourage you to think differently:
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