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About the Author
Ken Blanchard is the founder and Chairman of The Ken Blanchard Companies. His One Minute Manager series has sold over 18 million copies and been translated into more than 25 languages. He has also written or co-authored numerous other books, including Gung Ho!, Big Bucks! and Raving Fans.
- Publisher : Harpercollins (1 October 2006)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 144 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0007252048
- ISBN-13 : 978-0007252046
- Item Weight : 81.6 g
- Dimensions : 12.9 x 1.5 x 19.8 cm
- Country of Origin : United Kingdom
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No wonder there weren't enough working hours in the day as I allowed my staff's monkeys to jump onto my shoulders.
A monkey is the next move in a problem or project. All too easily, when a staff member comes to you with a problem, you can fall into the trap of accepting responsibility the next action eg thinking about it to try to find a solution, contacting someone else etc. The less time you have to work through it with your staff member, the greater the tendency for the monkey to jump.
To rub salt into the wound, your staff can then start chasing you to see if you've done your step. They are holding you accountable for doing their work.
The book explains the entire process which is illuminating. More importantly, it teaches you how to deal with these monkeys, which normally means making sure that they stay with the staff members but you remain in control by scheduling the next review meeting.
This monkey transfer happens with good intentions. As the manager, you know your job is to support your staff and you're responsible for what they do or don't do. Unfortunately allowing a monkey to jump is harmful to you, your organisation and your staff. You get busier, the business doesn't get the things done it needs done. Your staff can't learn and develop if, every time things get hard, you take responsibility for the job off them.
Just like The New One Minute Manager (The One Minute Manager) , this is a great book that will change the way you work. These books are told in a management fable style to make them easy to read and understand. This one doesn't have much of a story but hopefully you can see yourself first in the before scenario and then in the after when you've learnt monkey management.
About my book reviews - My goal is to help you to find the best business advice. I aim to be a tough reviewer because the main cost of a book is not the money to buy it but the time needed to read it and absorb the key messages. 5 stars means that I think that overall it has some vital messages in it.
Paul Simister, a business coach who helps business owners who feel stuck, get unstuck.
"A Monk.q IsTńe NœtMoce"
"For There Are Tao Oiie To WoH It Rnd Oiie To Supervke It"
It's disappointing because it seems to happen when the author provides some insightful quote to drive home the point. It ruins the experience.
This is not a case of a few missed errors, it's every 2 or 3 pages. Even a cursory check
However, Because you have read this one, don't automatically assume you will get the same amount of value from the others in the "One Minute Manager" series.
I have recommended this to a score of friends and colleagues always with the same promise. Which is "if you don't find this book is worth the money, give it to me and I will refund the clost to you in full." Not one of the twenty people came back to me.
There are too many managers too ready to have their employees "monkeys" scramble on to their backs. (The monkey is the problem and this shows how to help "grow" your employee without taking their "monkey" onto your back.)
Many junior staff are "punch-drunk" by the time they get to you. They have been sworn at, shouted at, to such an extent that they are frighted to assume any authority for themselves. This shows how you can take one of these, now frightened people, and grow them into people who can take decisions for themselves.
As far as I can remember, the book is only around 150 pages. I came here as I am about to buy two more for people I know.
A monkey is defined as the "next move" or task in a project, and the authors explain in the normal anecdotal style of this series how subordinates often succeed in delegating such tasks upwards to their harries managers, who, by accepting such tasks, make themselves the bottlenecks in their departments and unwittingly teach their subordinates that they don't really trust them. Their reward - even more "monkeys".
Blanchard, Oncken and Burrows proceed to demonstrate how a manager can give those monkeys back to subordinates, to everyone's increased satisfaction in the long run, make sure that new monkeys are correctly assigned to people in the first place and, in due course, how responsibilities for certain types of monkeys can be delegated properly, so that managers need on get involved in exceptional problems.
This is a great little book - only takes couple of hours to read its 130 pages - and if you can lived with the continuous repetition of the word "monkey" as a jargon word, which did get a little tiresome after a while, I believe that you would find it of great value.