Who's got the monkey?
Abstract: Based on the famous
work, "Management time: Who's got the
monkey?" presupposes that "the first order
of business is for the manager to enlarge his
discretionary time by eliminating subordinate-imposed
time." Monkeys are an analogy that
underscores the value of assigning, delegating, and
Successful leadership pivots on the manager's ability
to control their own time, to delegate, and to
encourage team members to take greater initiative.
We need to ask ourselves:
1. Where is the monkey?
2. Who is working for whom?
3. How to get rid of the monkeys?
4. How to transfer initiative?
The first order of business is for the manager to get
back his or her time from the monkeys.
The second order of business is for him or her to grow
his or her team members' initiative.
The last order of business is for him or her to use
this time gained from having gained control of the
"monkeys" to more value.
Conducted Wed. May 2, 2007: