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Tips on improving productivity in Africa

Updated on March 5, 2008

I do love Africa

Dakota Native American tribal wisdom, passed on from generation to generation, says: "When you discover that you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount and get a different horse."

However, in educative, corporate and governmental Africa, more advanced strategies are often employed by leadership, such as:

1. Buying a stronger whip.

2. Changing riders.

3. Appointing a committee to study the horse.

4. Arranging to visit other countries to see how other cultures ride

dead horses.

5. Lowering the standards so that the dead horse can be included.

6. Reclassifying the dead horse as 'living impaired'.

7. Hiring outside contractors to ride the dead horse.

8. Harnessing several dead horses together to increase speed.

9. Providing additional funding and / or training to increase dead

horse's performance.

10. Doing a productivity study to see if lighter riders would improve

the dead horse's performance.

11. Declaring that as the dead horse does not have to be fed, it is

less costly, carries lower overheads and therefore contributes

substantially more to the bottom line of the economy than do some other


12. Rewriting the expected performance requirements for all horses.

And of course ...

13. Promoting the dead horse to a supervisory position!

If you understand the above, then you are obviously from Africa as sad to say the Western world just does not understand how the game is played.


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      Shadrack 9 years ago

      This hub is fantastic, which reminds me of one of my colleques who adores horses. Now after what you have writen about, it has completely opened my eyes on principles

      Please continue writing, I like your intelectuality

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      alexes 9 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      Hi Diana.....LoL ....Oh dont kid yourself...Corporate America is very very like this!

      You should see the politicians or the big companies...yikes!

      Don't stop writing my friend...very very good :-)

      To Your Success,