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Old 11-08-2005, 03:37 PM   #1
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I suppose I can take time away from my job for another one....
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How Policies Are Made

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 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'* the way it'* always been done around here.

And that, my friends, is how a policy begins.
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Ok John..it'* time for your daily beating!!!!
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ummm is that the procedure for BC....and who are the monkeys??
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Hmmmmmm........

Good question.

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Sounds like you've worked for the company I work for.
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classic conditioning...
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Volumes my friend, you have spoken volumes.
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deffinetly sounds like my place!

its so sad and true...
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I've heard of a similar tale with circus elephants. When they are little, they attach them to a line and drive a deep stake into the ground. The elephant will pull and pull but can't remove the stake.

The elephant gives up.

From there on out, a very small stake is driven into the ground to keep the elephant in place whenever they need to stage it somewhere.
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classic conditioning...
Your taking psychology too
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