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What Monkeys Can Teach Us About Company Policy

Postby JTWood » Fri Mar 10, 2006 6:35 pm

This is so good I almost believe that someone really did this:

Start with a cage with 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, and 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 has 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 anyone knows, that's the way it's always been done around here.


And that, my friends, is how a company policy begins.
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Postby Simulacrum » Fri Mar 10, 2006 6:40 pm

Nice :-b

Someone could make a thesis out of an experiment like that...
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Postby pokerplaya » Fri Mar 10, 2006 6:42 pm

Hahaha. I enjoyed that. :-b
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Postby RyanK » Fri Mar 10, 2006 6:57 pm

is that why curious george constantly was beaten?
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Postby acsguitar » Fri Mar 10, 2006 7:12 pm

I hate corporate america
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Postby Omaha Red Sox » Fri Mar 10, 2006 7:51 pm

acsguitar wrote:I hate corporate america


I'm sure corporate America hates you too acs. ;-)
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Postby acsguitar » Fri Mar 10, 2006 8:05 pm

Omaha Red Sox wrote:
acsguitar wrote:I hate corporate america


I'm sure corporate America hates you too acs. ;-)


Yea I'm sure thats true
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Postby Madison » Fri Mar 10, 2006 8:17 pm

I don't know why, but that hit me just right. I almost spit out my Vanilla Pepsi I was drinking. :-b

Nice one JT! ;-D
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Postby curious_george_43545 » Fri Mar 10, 2006 10:57 pm

I wanted that damn banana so bad :-C
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Postby BGbootha » Fri Mar 10, 2006 11:57 pm

curious_george_43545 wrote:I wanted that damn banana so bad :-C


but i am sure you were happy to beat the pulp out of the poor new monkeys.
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