A guy I knew in the Cav (his name was PFC Dameron, but I don't remember his first name) taught me the Five Stages of a Military Operation.
I think they apply to most civilian endeavors as well.
STAGE ONE: Enthusiasm.
STAGE TWO: Disillusionment.
STAGE THREE: The search for the guilty.
STAGE FOUR: The punishment of the innocent.
STAGE FIVE: Praise and honors for the non-participants.