Tuesday, July 18, 2006

New Kid on the Blog

Welcome to our blog . . . We are here to deal with the challenges facing those who would desire to develop leaders in today's society.

Here is an old "lesson in leadership" some of you may have seen before . . . but it is so true!


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, all of the other monkeys are sprayed 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's the way it's always been done around here. And that, my friends, is how company policy begins. Can improving LEADERSHIP change this outcome? We think so . . . what do you think?

For more info about us, and how we help groups achieve their mission while maintaining good morale . . . read below, or go to our website at www.ILDCinc.com

Marc A. De Simone, Sr., Ph.D.
(410) 499-3334; mdesimone@ILDCinc.com


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