CULTURE

Start with a cage containing five apes. 

In the cage, hang a banana on a string and put stairs under it. 
Before long, an ape will go to the stairs and start to climb 
towards the banana.

As soon as he touches the stairs, spray all of the apes with cold 
water. After a while, another ape makes an attempt with the same 
result - all the apes are sprayed with cold water.

Turn off the cold water. 

If, later, another ape tries to climb the stairs, the other apes 
will try to prevent it even though no water sprays them.

Now, remove one ape from the cage and replace him with a new one. 
The New ape sees the banana and wants to climb the stairs. 
To his horror, all of the other apes 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 apes 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.

Again, replace a third original ape with a new one. The new one 
makes it to the stairs and is attacked as well. Two of the four 
apes that beat him have no idea why they were not permitted to 
climb the stairs, or why they are participating in the beating of 
the newest ape.

After replacing the fourth and fifth original apes, all the apes 
which have been sprayed with cold water have been replaced. 
Nevertheless, no ape ever again approaches the stairs. Why not? 
"Because that's the way it's always been around here".

" That is how organizational behavior is indoctrinated into
social/corporate policy and a culture becomes entrenched".

- Unknown

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