OT Humor! Policy

From: Joe R. <rigdonj_at_cfl.rr.com>
Date: Mon Mar 8 15:37:16 2004

   This was too good not to pass on!


> 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, 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 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.
Received on Mon Mar 08 2004 - 15:37:16 GMT

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