131 - In Conflict with Dakota Indian Tribal Wisdom

Tuesday, September 26
2:35 PM–3:50 PM

Location: Room RO5

Days: Tuesday, 26 September
NRPA Three Pillars: Social Equity
Track: Leadership & Management
Session Type: Education Session

Tribal wisdom of Dakota people passed on from generation to generation says "when you discover you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount." However, in many organizations dead horses (services and/or processes that have outlived their effectiveness) exist and continue to be ridden by: lowering standards; hiring outside contractors to ride the dead horse; or providing additional funding to improve the dead horse’s performance. Is it time to bury one of your horses?

CEU Credits: 0.1

Learning Outcomes:
Discuss the collective reluctance to bury dead horses by analyzing why fear and anxiety exists when it comes to eliminating services.
Discuss strategies to identify dead horses.
Practice, through exercise, how to bury dead horses so that agencies can invest in ponies instead (new and/or needed services).