Posted By: medved (A~z na v~eky Mikov~ce.) on 'Humor'
Title:     company policy
Date:      Mon Nov 21 13:44:26 2005

Policy Experiment:

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 

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 a company policy begins.  



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