Monkeys in a cage…

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I am writing this just at the beginning of February. It's a funny old time of the year - many will have set out a month ago full of good intentions about changes they were going to make in life and in business. Some may now be feeling that some of those good intentions are slipping as we revert back into our old ways and bad habits.

But it is possible to make changes - and you don't have to wait until next New Year's eve to do it!

One of the first things that needs to be done is taking a close look at our routines, our assumed beliefs and our learned - and accepted - behaviour and to make changes we sometimes need to challenge these....

To illustrate this I'm going to use an age-old cautionary tale of monkeys in the cage…

First of all put five monkeys in a cage.

Put a nice supply of bananas at the top of a ramp. Before long the monkeys will go towards the bananas and as soon as they touch the ramp all the monkeys get sprayed with cold water.

Another monkey tries and all the monkeys get the same treatment. Pretty soon when any monkey tries to climb towards the bananas the other monkeys will try to prevent it by attacking their mates.

Turn off the cold water and remove one monkey from the cage and replace it with a new member of the group.

The new monkey sees the banana and goes towards it. To his horror all the other monkeys attack him, after another attempt and another attack he knows that if he goes to the banana he will be assaulted.

Next remove another of the original five monkeys and replace it with a new one. Guess what? the newcomer goes to the bananas and is attacked. Even the previous newcomer takes part in the punishment with enthusiasm. Pretty soon all the monkeys have been replaced with none of the originals remaining in the cage.

However, they all continue to attack any newcomer who goes for the bananas. These monkeys have no idea why they were not permitted to climb the ramp or why they attack. It's just that they have learned this behaviour.

It's what has always been done.

It's a cruel experiment but it tells us a lot. And I want to ask you if it sounds familiar at all? Do you keep on just doing the same things just because that's the way you've always done them?

Isn't it time that you took a close look at some of the learned behaviours in your business… Do you know why it is that you and your team are doing some of the things that you just take for granted....have you allowed yourself just to get into bad habits?

The great news is that bad habits and learned behaviour can be reversed.

By inviting Good2Great into your business you get a fresh pair of eyes to have a look at what you're up to. We challenge the status quo and break bad habits.

The best way to get to know us is to come along to one of our Business Growth Roadshows or by joining our SmarterGrowth Programme find out more in this video…

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