talkative tuesday: 8 monkeys

Funny how humans can learn from monkeys... not to act like monkeys!

The following article was extracted from a forwarded e-mail. It was said to have based on an actual experiment in the UK. Happy reading!

8 monkeys

Put eight monkeys in a room. In the middle of the room is a ladder, leading to a bunch of bananas hanging from a hook on the ceiling.

Each time a monkey tries to climb the ladder, all the monkeys are sprayed with ice water, which makes them miserable. Soon enough, whenever a monkey attempts to climb the ladder, all of the other monkeys, not wanting to be sprayed, set upon him and beat him up. Soon, none of the eight monkeys ever attempts to climb the ladder.

One of the original monkeys is then removed, and a new monkey is put in the room. Seeing the bananas and the ladder, he wonders why none of the other monkeys are doing the obvious. But undaunted, he immediately begins to climb the ladder.

All the other monkeys fall upon him and beat him silly. He has no idea why.

However, he no longer attempts to climb the ladder.

A second original monkey is removed and replaced. The newcomer again attempts to climb the ladder, but all the other monkeys hammer the crap out of him.

This includes the previous new monkey, who, grateful that he’s not on the receiving end this time, participates in the beating because all the other monkeys are doing it. However, he has no idea why he’s attacking the new monkey.

One by one, all the original monkeys are replaced. Eight new monkeys are now in the room. None of them have ever been sprayed by ice water. None of them attempt to climb the ladder. All of them will enthusiastically beat up any new monkey who tries, without having any idea why.

And that is how most companies’ or even government policies get established.


Nazimah said...

great input today! happens a lot especially in gomen and GLC

dieya said...

i thot so too ;-)

PatinPasta said...

Guess now it's time to change, uh? Agree also, great input to ponder! :)


I think you can inject 'blue ocean strategy' by Prof Chan Kim and Renee in yr exam this week. It is discuss about business
strategy 'How to create uncontested market space and make the competition irrelevant'.
I think, it will work if one of those monkey use 'blue ocean strategy'. I do hv a short write-up about that, if u interested. Do texting.

Kak Nora said...

The 'yes sir' policy.

Maya Marisa said...

Rat race, dog eat dog kind of world - well they've got few nicknames to it. Yea tak?
My all time fav, is the toyota-lexus story. A world class luxury car, made famous by an small asian country - japan.
Nie bila due paper nie? Hehehe, pasnie meh join i buat dba ok? :P

dieya said...

perhaps the time to change already passed a long time ago, just that certain group might hv lagged behind ;-)

good idea. sure thing, a short write-up would be great considering i only hv 3 days left.
wonder if the monkeys can swim tho :-p

aunty nora,
yes maam!

"the toyota way" is a superb article.
1 paper this friday, then 2 more in the following weeks. wish me luck!

My Bloggie ! said...

hehe best entry. make me thinking deeply what u're try to say :)

ahkakbatik said...

tak bestnya jadi monyet..

dieya said...

think ahead.. exercise your mind ;-)

ish2.. sejak bila kaktek jadi monyet nih..?

Munirah Ismail said...

huh?it is real?

dieya said...

well, real or not, good learning points kan ;-)