AT LAST AN EXPLANATION..........
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 very cold high-pressure 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
Sent in by Al Campbell
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.
None of the monkeys that are beating him have any 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.