Have you ever heard of The Monkey Experiment?
Regardless if this experiment was ever done or not, it is an important mind exercise to learn about human behaviour when it comes to our work environment. Many people have ‘A-HA’ moments during our work day. We suddenly think to ourselves that this process could be done faster, or that part could be replaced in a better way etc. Now if you don’t have any ‘A-HA’ moments, change your job because you are working for a boring company, or you are a boring person yourself, no offence. If you do (have ‘A-HA’ moments), not many of us will do something about it. Not many of us will go ahead and propose our management this brilliant idea we just thought of. Why?Answer: Creative Blocks.
A person is a creative creäture with everything he does. Yet, in our modern work life we developed creative blocks that demolish our creativity. These creative blocks originate from three sources:
Employees impose the blocks on themselves based on their own perceptions
Fellow employees impose them on their co-workers
The workplace itself is a source of blocks
The combination of the above = blocked creativity !!!
So, if you ever heard any of the bellow phrases, that means you are bothering your manager, and that you are trying to be the new monkey:
• “YOU ARE ON THE WRONG TRACK”
• “IT IS PROBABLY ILLEGAL”
• “LET’S PUT THE IDEA ASIDE FOR A WHILE”
• “IT IS TOO RISKY”
• “WHO SHALL DO IT?”
• “I DON’T UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU HOPE TO ACHIEVE”
• “BE SENSIBLE”
• “IS THIS YOUR BUSINESS?”
• “THE BOSS WILL LAUGH”
• “YOU MUST BE JOKING”
• “WE TRIED THIS TEN YEARS AGO”
• “IT IS AGAINST OUR COMMON LOGIC”
• “THIS SOUNDS GOOD – BUT …?”
• “FOR WHAT PURPOSE?”
• “WHO ASKED YOU?”
• “YOU WILL NEVER GET IT APPROVED”
• “WE ARE TOO BIG FOR THIS”
• “THE PUBLIC WILL LAUGH AT IT”
• “IT WILL NOT WORK”
• “IT IS NOT A NEW CONCEPT”
I don’t know about you guys, but I hear these all the time. That means I’m a trouble maker. Think about it for a sec, mediocrity will always try to put you down. Same as the monkeys in the experiment did to their new member when it tried to reach the banana. So your mediocre manager will try to put you down as well. So, the big question here:
Are you more than just a monkey?
Will you accept mediocrity? Will you not stand-up for your idea? Will you fly or fight?
You might be wrong with your idea, you might be off track, that’s not the point. The point is – if you have an idea, will you accept “No” as an answer before someone tests and examines it thoroughly?
I don’t! Never!
If you want to know if you are more than just a monkey, ask yourself these 5 questions and get your answers now!
- When you have a new idea, with whom do you consult with first?
- When you get a “No” what is your first feeling?
- Do others consider you a person that argue a lot?
- How many times are you willing to keep proposing new ideas while still getting a “No” before you give up?
- Do you think the company you work for will fall short if you decide to take your ideas and move on to a new job elsewhere?