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Saturday, April 21, 2007

Story on Monkeys and Management

Let me tell you a story on Monkeys and Management. The story was told to me by our forever funny guy... He's none other than (Drum rolls...) MR RAFI!!!

Imagine you take 10 monkeys, put inside a cage. Then you hang a banana on the top, with a ladder leading to it.

Its a matter of time when a monkey spots the banana, and climb up a ladder to it. Halfway up, you spray some water on all the monkeys. (Imagine all the monkeys does not like being sprayed on). Continue doing it until none of the monkeys will climb up the ladder to the banana.

Now, you take out one monkey, and replace it with a new monkey (one that have not been sprayed before).

Now, the new monkey notices the banana on the top, and started climbing up the ladder to the banana. The other 9 monkeys will pull that new monkey down (no more spraying of water liao), and hamtam (wack) that new monkey up.

Take another "old" monkey out, and replaced with another new monkey. (8 "sprayed" monkeys and 2 "unsprayed before" monkeys).

The new monkey will see the banana and start climbing up the ladder. The other 9 monkeys (including the previous new monkey) will pounce on the new monkey and hamtam him up.

Replace another old monkey with a new monkey, and continue to do so until the 10 monkeys in the cage had not been sprayed before.

The same thing will happen. At the end, even all the 9 monkeys who had not been sprayed before will hamtam the latest addition monkey when he tries to climb up the ladder. They does not understand how come the ladder cannot be climbed (all has never been sprayed before) to the banana. All knows that its their "duty" to hamtam any monkeys that tries to climb up the ladder.

Link that to the management in any organisation.

Moral of the story?

Sometimes, you need to think what the hell are you doing, and why are you doing it. Ideas that does not work in the past does not mean it will not work now. Move out from your "comfort zone" and attempt some risks. Be creative and think out of the box.

If it does not work the first time, try again. It is not necessary that it will not work the second time, third, fourth, or even fifth time. Of course, be reasonable in your quest, and always look at what went wrong, and try to correct it. Do not be afraid to make mistakes, coz the road to glory is littered with f*** ups. Learn from your mistakes and try not to repeat the mistakes.

As what the world's greatest inventor, Edison commented when asked about if he is tired of using so many materials for the filament of the light bulb..... (He tried using, let's say 1000 materials to be the filament of the light bulb before succeeding) "I had learnt 999 ways of unsuitable materials of making the light bulb work".

"He who only gets thing right the first time, only learns one thing. He who fails 100 times before succeeding will learn 101 things."


Back in my second home. Another duty later, and i am dead tired now. Going to "faint" on the bed now.

-The End-

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