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One Minute Manager Meets the Monkey

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2007

    A Quickstart Monkey Handling Guide

    I read this book in 3 days and since one day 1, it helped me so much at work and home. I have about 45 associates that work under me, which all come to me as their monkey 'handler.' Now I've handed back all the monkeys that I had and they are taking ownership and leading their own paths to results. I'm much more confident in their ability and they are proud of their confidence as well as I am. This is a great book, the scenarios and verbiage are easy to comprehend and put to use.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2005

    Helped Me Immediately!

    As the Office Manager, I was so stressed out at work due to my feeling like I HAD to take care of, more or less babysit, the other administrative employees. All of their questions and concerns I took upon myself to find the answers to. Because of this wonderful book, I realized that I was in fact holding them back and not doing them any favors by taking on the responsibility of their 'monkeys.' I also realized that the reason why my work was not getting done was because I was busy doing theirs. I put 'The One Minute Manager Meets the Monkey' to use that Monday and my work is now getting caught up and I see the silver lining. I've learned that I do not have to have my hand in everything and I can now be more productive, thus making the other adminstrative employees more productive and confident in their duties. What's also extremely helpful is that I am able to use these guidelines in my personal life as well. Thank you so much!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2001

    Opening Up Initiative Throughout the Organization!

    This book does a great job of helping people focus on their own work. Many people in an organization focus on managing the boss rather than doing their own job. What better way to manage the boss than to constantly seek her/his guidance on everything? Then, the boss can be flattered that you want his/her help, and will also take the blame if anything goes wrong. Insecure bosses like to be involved, so that fewer 'errors' occur. This wonderful book points out that no one can learn without making errors. Also, if you and your subordinate are doing the same job, one of you is superfluous. A common source of stalled thinking in this area is focusing on the fact that you, as manager, can do the job better and faster than you can teach the task or job to someone. What managers fail to realize is that someone closer to the source of the problem should be able to come up with a better solution. Also, the time taken to teach someone else to do the task is usually much less over a year or two than the time taken to help someone learn the task. The key problem is that we all like to fall back on doing what we are comfortable with and are good at rather than new challenges where we are not so competent. Banish that feeling! This book gives you lots of practical ideas for how to respond to efforts by your subordinates and colleagues to delegate their work and responsibility to you. You will learn how to see them coming and to keep the monkey where it belongs: with them. If you find that you are pressed for time, this book is an important source of ideas to free up your life to have less stress while you and your organization both accomplish more. Good luck with taking care of your monkey business! It's an important step toward developing an irresistible growth enterprise. Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 1999

    GET YOUR ORGANIZATION OFF YOUR BACK

    In my role as advisor to CEOs, I find one of their major problems is taking on all of the decision-making in their companies. This is a waste of time for them and their organizations. Many of the CEOs know that they need to change in this area, but do not know what to do . 'The One Minute Manager Meets the Monkey ' is just the advice they need. By taking on too much, one person can become a worse stranglehold on an organization's progress than a whole bureaucracy is. For great advice on how to find your other bad habits as a manager or executive, and how to improve them to get more done in less time, and with less strain, you should read 'The 2,000 Percent Solution'. That book shows you how to overcome the 7 most common bad habits that executives and organizations have, and shows you a master process to being much more effective in your most important activities.

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