“When you discover that you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount.“
We have been studying a particular species of evaluation report that has been known to take a quite different approach to the evaluation of dead horses:
- Declaring that, as the dead horse does not have to be fed, is less costly, carries lower overhead, it therefore yields a substantially greater return on investment for the economy than do some other horses.
- Rewriting the expected performance requirements on all horses.
- Undertaking a cost analysis to see if it is cheaper for outside contractors to ride the dead horse.
Like many related species of evaluation report (including the ones mentioned by Tererai Trent in one of yesterday’s posts), these dead horse evaluations often make astounding logical leaps, skipping over irritating pieces of data that mess up the analysis, such as the minor detail of the horse having no heartbeat.
Recommendations to the client include such sage advice as:
- Buy a stronger whip.
- Change riders.
- Threaten the horse with termination.
- Appoint a committee to study the horse.
- Arrange to visit other countries to see how others ride dead horses.
- Harness several dead horses together to increase the speed.
- Provide additional funding and/or training to increase the dead horse’s performance.
- Do a productivity study to see if lighter riders would improve the dead horse’s performance.
- Promote the dead horse to a supervisory position.