And The Problem With Monkeys!
be effective in management of your employees, of your time, or
anything else in life, you need to develop the skill of monkey management!
What is monkey management?
Consider this true to life experience:
manager is walking down the corridor in his office building when
an employee approaches and says: "Do you have a minute? We
have a problem."
manager listens intently as the employee explains the problem
in detail. After twenty minutes the manager looks aghast at his
watch and realizes he is late for an appointment.
responds to the employee: "I don't have time to discuss this
any more right now but let me think about it and I will get right
back to you."
An analysis of this experience is a real eye-opener
to the pitfalls associated with management.
1: Before the employee spoke to the manager the monkey was
on the employee's back.
2: As the discussion started, the monkey had one leg on
the employee's back and one leg on the manager's back.
3: As soon as the manager said, "let me think about
it and I will get right back to you", the monkey had both
legs on the manager's back.
4: The employee walked away feeling 30 pounds lighter.
5: The manager now carries a load 30 pounds heavier because
1) he accepted responsibility for the problem, and 2) he promised
the employee a progress report.
scene actually describes management
The manager acquired the worker's role and the employee
assumed a supervisory role.
This becomes evident the next day when the employee
approaches the manager and asks: "Any answers yet?" thus
pressuring the manager to consider something that essentially was
the employee's job.
So, effective management means 'monkey management'!
But just how can a manager be helpful to others
while at the same time keeping the monkeys where they belong, fairly
and squarely on the backs of the persons responsible for them?
The whole scenario just described and the way to
manage monkeys is explained in "The One Minute Manager Meets
This paperback is brilliant!
By using the Four Rules of Monkey Management,
managers learn to become effective supervisors of time, energy,
and talent - especially their own.
between supervision and delegation.
Make sure your personal library has a copy of "The
One Minute Manager Meets the Monkey".
The One Minute Manager Meets the Monkey
by Kenneth Blanchard, William, Jr. Oncken, Hal Burrows
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