Failure - Dealing with a dead horse


In his book Fail Forward, John Maxwell identified Unwillingness to Change was one of the top reasons people often fail. "Perhaps the most relentless enemy of achievement, personal growth, and success is inflexibility. Some people seem to be so lost in the past they can’t deal with the present. Not long ago a friend sent me following list.

The Top 10 Strategies for Dealing with a Dead Horse

  1. Buy a stronger whip.
  2. Change riders.
  3. Appoint a committee to study the horse.
  4. Appoint a team to revive the horse.
  5. Send out a memo declaring the horse isn't really dead.
  6. Hire an expensive consultant to find “the real problem.”
  7. Harness several dead horses together for increased speed and efficiency.
  8. Rewrite the standard definition of “live horse”. 
  9. Declare the horse to be better, faster and cheaper. 
  10. Promote the dead horse to a supervisory position.

I bet you've seen just about every one of these “solutions” enacted at your place at work. I know I have. There’s only one way to deal with the problem: When your horse is dead, for goodness’ sake, dismount.

You don’t have to love change to be successful, but you need to be willing to accept it. Change can get you out of a rut, give you a fresh start that affords you the opportunity to reevaluate your direction. "

What dead horse are you dealing with?