What happens when you rotate the corporate ladder by 90 degrees?

When you rotate the corporate ladder

And I was rather surprised to see that there were more similarities between the corporate ladder and monkey bars.

The inventor, Sebastian Hinton, patented the first set of monkey bars in 1920.  In his patent application (Ref: US1471465 A) he explained his inspiration and logic for creating this piece of equipment.

‘As exercise for children, climbing has in it conspicuous-features of advantage. It is an exercise wherein all the muscles of the whole body are used. Climbing is the natural method of locomotion which the evolutionary predecessors of the human race were designed to practice, and is therefore almost ideally suited for children…  

Again and importantly, the monkey instinct strong in all human beings and perhaps more clearly displayed in children, makes climbing a sport to which children by a psychology about the same as that of a kitten at play with a ball, which of course is practice for hunting.’

And now for a bit of fun, let’s change the word ‘children’ with ‘businessmen’ and tweak a few other choice words.

‘As exercise for ambitious businessmen, climbing the corporate ladder has in it conspicuous-features of advantage. It is an exercise wherein all the muscles of the whole body are used. Climbing is the natural method of locomotion which the evolutionary predecessors of the human race were designed to practice, and is therefore almost ideally suited for the want-to-be CEO…

Again and importantly, the monkey instinct strong in all human beings and perhaps more clearly displayed in businessmen, makes climbing the corporate ladder a sport to which businessmen by a psychology about the same as that of a kitten at play with a ball, which of course is practice for hunting.’


Just ‘octopussing’ around