Monkeys and Company Policies - How a Company Policy Begins


M Greenaway


> Start with a cage containing five monkeys.
> >Inside the cage, hang a banana on a string and place a set of stairs
> under
> >it. Before long, a monkey will go to the stairs and start to climb
> towards
> >the banana. As soon as he touches the stairs, spray all of the other
> >monkeys
> >with cold water.
> >After a while, another monkey makes an attempt with the same result - all
> >the other monkeys are sprayed with cold water.
> >Pretty soon, when another monkey tries to climb the stairs,
> >the other monkeys will try to prevent it.
> >Now, put away the cold water.
> >Remove one monkey from the cage and replace it with a new one.
> >The new monkey sees the banana and wants to climb the stairs.
> >To his surprise and horror, all of the other monkeys attack him.
> >After another attempt and attack, he knows that if he tries
> >to climb the stairs, he will be assaulted.
> >Next, remove another of the original five monkeys and replace it with a
> >new one. The newcomer goes to the stairs and is attacked.
> >The previous newcomer takes part in the punishment with enthusiasm!
> >Likewise, replace a third original monkey with a new one, then a fourth,
> >then the fifth.
> >Every time the newest monkey takes to the stairs, he is attacked.
> >Most of the monkeys that are beating him have no idea why they were not
> >permitted to climb the stairs or why they are participating in the
> >beating of the newest monkey.
> >After replacing all the original monkeys, none of the remaining monkeys
> >have ever been sprayed with cold water.
> >Nevertheless, no monkey ever again approaches the stairs to try for the
> >banana.
> >
> >Why not?
> >
> >Because as far as they know
> >that's the way it's always been done around here.
> >
> >And that, my friends, is how company policy begins.

Michael T


Great lesson!!! I plan on sharing this with my students tonight. Great way to illustrate my biggest pet peeve... "that's the way we've always done it".



Monkeys and Management

Hmmm...... kinda reminds me of managment and performance goals. :eek:

Atul Khandekar

..And Mission Statements....



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Atul Khandekar


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Sounds like the government and the US Army

Anybody want a Black Beret so you can be proud?:biglaugh:
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