Five monkeys, a banana, a rope and a fire hose.

Reblogger Kathy Streib
Home Stager with Room Service Home Staging

 

Alan May is without a doubt one of my favorite bloggers here.  This one has one of the best stories/analogies I've read in a long time.

Are we doing what we do because it's the way it's always been done?  Are we blindly doing what we do because that's what the leaders or others have said we should be doing?

In terms of business practices.. it's always healthy to look at what we're doing and ask why.   Is it working for you?  Could you do something different?

Head over to Alan's blog and put your 2cents in!

 

Original content by Alan May

Five monkeys were released into a room.  As they looked around, they noticed in the center of the room a climbing rope hung from the ceiling, and at the top of the rope was a ripe banana.

In the corner of the room, stood a man dressed in fireman's garb, holding a fire hose.

One of the monkeys made a mad-dash for the rope, and started up toward the banana.  As soon as he got about midway up the rope, the fireman sprayed him with the hose and knocked him off the rope before he could reach the banana.  No sooner had he done that, than he sprayed the four remaining monkeys until they huddled shivering in the corner.

The following day, they released the monkeys back into the same room... another monkey made the dash up the rope.  Immediately he was knocked off the rope by the strong spray of the firehose, and again, the remaining monkeys were sprayed into submission until they whimpered in the corner.  This happened daily for a full week, until at the end of the week, none of the monkeys even approached the rope anymore, they just shivered and whimpered on the floor.

Starting the beginning of the next week, they removed one of the five monkeys, and replaced him with a "fresh" monkey who'd never been in the room before.  He of course said to himself..."why isn't anyone going for the banana?"... and he started climbing the rope toward the banana.  Before he could get near the banana, the other monkeys grabbed him, and dragged him to the ground, basically explaining in monkey language... "Hey, that's not the way we do things around here".

On day two, they inserted a second "fresh" monkey, and again... he made for the banana, and was dragged to the ground by the other monkeys... "Hey, that's not the way we do things.."

Day three, yet another fresh monkey... day four, fresh monkey and by day five... all five monkeys were fresh.  None of them had ever experienced the fire hose, nor seen it working... yet none of them even made a move toward the banana.  Because "that's just not the way we do things around here".

Eventually there were able to remove the fireman, and still not one of the monkeys would make a move toward the banana.

Why?  Because that's just the way it had always been done.

Are you still doing business the way that it's always been done, or are you changing things up and risking the fire hose?

(251  -33)

Think about it.

ALAN MAY, Realtor®
Specializing in Evanston Real Estate and North Shore Real Estate

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, 2929 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201
847.425.3779      Cell: 847.924.3313      Email: Almay@aol.com

Evanston Real Estate & North Shore Real Estate

    

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Cathy Criado
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Love it! I appreciate you re-blogging this.  I'm not one to repeat very easily so it seems when I go into a group & introduce new ideas I get looked at with the all-familiar expression - what? why? you're the newbie, just sit here & mege into the group.  Gasp.

Jul 11, 2011 05:02 AM #1
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Kathy Streib
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Cathy- I'm sorry you feel you've experienced this.  Don't let that stop you from blogging though.  What groups have you posted in?

Jul 11, 2011 05:32 AM #2
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Cathy Criado
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Oh hey Kathy, I didn't mean in Activerain but glad you stopped by my blog site!  I went to a new church to go deeper.  My hubby & I went to this Bible study group & made a few suggestions about serving our local homeless shelter, gardening at the foodbank,..... but were met with .... why don't you just hang out and see what kind of stuf we do. So we did.  We made care packets with a bottle of water, crackers, beef jerky, & a love note made by the kids.  We tried to pass them around but they just wanted money.  My husband asked the leader to re-consider our other ideas.... nope.  We are still looking.  I know you meant real estate, I was just chiming in on my personal stuff.

Business related,...... Home & Land is what's hot around here, but all it does is put your photo out there to other Realtors. I've not met one agent who has even sold more than 1 listing.  Gasp.  I am getting ready to organize a neighborhood garage sale for one of my listings just to push traffic in! 

Thanks for the encouragement.

Jul 11, 2011 06:19 AM #3
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Tom Timmons
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...and doing more of what doesn't work, DOESN'T WORK!

Jul 11, 2011 07:53 AM #4
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Lisa Wetzel
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Kathy - Thanks for the re post!  This is a great blog, it really enjoyed reading it ... what a good lesson!

Jul 11, 2011 08:26 AM #5
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Janice Ankrett
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Good re-blog Kathy. So is a stager a fireman or a monkey LOL. Some days I feel like the fireman knocking sellers off the rope LOL.

Jul 11, 2011 08:44 AM #6
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Kathy Streib
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Cathy- ah -ha  - at least you and your husband are trying!

Tom- that is a very good one... we have to step back and take a look at what we're doing.

Lisa- wasn't this a good one.  I wasn't sure where it was going at first but liked where it went.

Janice- Hm- I'm not sure but yep, there are definitely days when I feel like the monkey.

Jul 11, 2011 12:34 PM #7
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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Kathy,

Thanks for a great re-blog! I missed it the first time and I appreciate it. I'll stop by Alan's post too. I love the story and it's so true too!

Have a great day.

Jul 11, 2011 10:59 PM #8
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Janet Jones
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Kathy--great reblog.  Change is the only constant in life.  I was elected president of my then condo association years ago and one of the former members of the board asked me to lunch.  He told me that the course I was pursuing in handling improvements was "not how it was done here".  I said, "Not any longer".  He wanted me to be another cold, shivering, hungry monkey.  Not happening. 

Jul 12, 2011 09:11 PM #9
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Patricia- Wasn't it great.  He's one of my favorite bloggers.

Janet- Good for you!  Sometimes if someone asks you "why?" all you can say is "Why not?"

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