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Are YOU Caught in a Crab Bucket?
If not, what's that holding on to your
By: John Shepler
Does it seem like every time you're about to rise to a better position
or climb out of dead end job, something seems to grab you by the leg and
pull you back down? You, my friend, may be caught in a crab bucket. Look
down quickly enough and you'll see that "something" that is trying to keep
you from moving on is actually a long, sharp pincer belonging to one of
your fellow crabs...er, colleagues. Or, do you feel the weight of a giant
crab manager standing on your head to keep you in your place? When you're
caught in the bucket, it's crabs everywhere.
We usually reserve the term "crab" for someone with a crusty, negative
outlook. Actually, we've all been programmed to act like crabs, no matter
how positive our outlook. Consider the behavior of crabs in a bucket. Crab
fishermen have long known that there is no need to bother putting a lid on
the bucket you are using to catch crabs. Once you've tossed in a few
crabs, they'll police themselves. Any ambitious crab that decides to make
a run for freedom will find it all but impossible to scale the wall of the
bucket and scramble over the top. It's not that the bucket is too deep or
slippery. It's the seemingly odd behavior of the other crabs. As soon as
one starts making a move to scramble over the others and out, its fellow
crabs will reach out those long, sharp pincers and pull the errant crab
back into the fray. Nobody escapes the crab bucket. That's because no crab
will allow another crab to move up and out...even if they have once
entertained the same notion themselves.
But WE'RE Not Like That, Are We?
As human beings with naturally superior intellect, we laugh at those
foolish crabs from our vantage point above. Silly crabs. Can't they see
that if they just lend a helping pincer, they could form an escape chain
and pull the entire group out to freedom? Apparently the crabs don't see
it that way. Perhaps they figure that only the one obnoxiously ambitious
crab will break free by stepping on the rest of the group in a selfish
dash to freedom. Good for one crab, maybe. How about everybody else? Why,
they'd risk still being stuck in the bottom of the bucket with one less
colleague to support the group. "Foolish, foolish crabs," we think. It
sure makes them easy to keep down and use for whatever purposes we want.
Crabs at Work
Now consider your own workplace. Surely the intelligent, considerate
people you work with are only all too anxious to support a member of their
group trying to improve his or her lot. Just show a little ambition to
escape the confines of your situation and your management and co-workers
will swoop in to give you that extra boost of support you need to make it
to the next level. Right? Is that how it is where you work? Or...are you
caught in a workplace crab bucket, where the ambitious are kept in their
place and the mediocre dictate how its going to be for everyone?
Do YOU Need a Rescue?
If so, you need a Crab Bucket Rescue. That's what we're about. It's our
mission at CrabBucketRescue.com to provide that helping pincer...the one
that will help hoist you over the rim of the bucket, not pull you back
into the crabby abyss. If you are that crab who is ready to make a dash
for freedom, you've come to the right place.
You might also suspect that there are many crab buckets in life.
Anywhere you have a few people in a situation, be they a family, social
group, school, professional organization, or workplace... you have a
potential crab bucket. The setting changes, but the principle is the same.
Crab or no crab? You DO have a choice.
Take our mini-poll and see what's holding down our