Monkeys and Company Policies - How a Company Policy Begins

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M Greenaway

Monkeys

> 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.
 
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Michael T

Cool!!!

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".

Thanks!!!!!
 
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db

Monkeys and Management

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

..And Mission Statements....

:cool:
 

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Atul Khandekar

Carol,

All credit to Scot Adams!
Marc started the 'Humor Thread' with a Dilbert Newsletter. That was the day I visited Scott Adams' site and subscribed for the 'Daily Dilbert'. (ww.dilbert.com) I have enjoyed it every day.
:bigwave:
 

Randy

Super Moderator
Sounds like the government and the US Army

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