Monkey Business: Are You Controlling Events or Are Events Controlling You?

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When managers are plagued by reverse delegation, the "monkeys" (assignments) end up on their backs and desks rather than those of their subordinates. Thus, many managers find themselves running out of time while their employees are running out of work -- they fall behind in their employees' work as well as in their own.

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Overview

When managers are plagued by reverse delegation, the "monkeys" (assignments) end up on their backs and desks rather than those of their subordinates. Thus, many managers find themselves running out of time while their employees are running out of work -- they fall behind in their employees' work as well as in their own.

This book underscores the value of assigning, delegating, and controlling the "monkeys" that dominate a manager's time by partnering with employees for their "care and feeding."

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  • ISBN-13: 9781890009243
  • Publisher: Executive Excellence Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/1/1900
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 5.75 (w) x 8.81 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 15
Ken Blanchard on Bill Oncken Jr 19
Acknowledgments 21
Introduction 23
1 Setting the Stage for Success 25
Your Role
Where Does Your Time Go?
The Dilemmas
Your Monkey Strategy in a Nutshell
Becoming Monkey Savvy
What Is Subordinate-Imposed Time?
The Oncken Freedom Scale
2 Are You a Magnet for Monkeys? 35
Situation 1 "Let Me Think It Over, and I'll Let You Know."
Situation 2 "Send Me a Memo on That"
Situation 3 "Just Let Me Know How I Can Help."
3 Monkey "Intelligence" 45
Upward-Leaping Monkeys Are Procrastination Prone
A Stumbling Block to Becoming a Leader
"We" Is Killing "Us"
4 Who's Monkey Is It Anyway? 51
"We" Don't Have a Problem
5 Monkey Mismanagement 57
Who is Working for Whom?
Deteriorating Relationships
The Fate of the Compulsive Monkey Picker-Upper
6 The Conversion from Amateur to Professional Monkey Manager 73
The Revelation
Priorities for Discretionary Time
From Subordinate-Imposed to Discretionary Time
7 How to Keep Monkeys on the Proper Backs 81
The Plan
Putting Monkeys on the Proper Backs
Developing Your Staff
Creating Good Mental Health
Transferring the Initiative
8 Monkeys + Freedom = Empowerment 93
The Manager's Goal
Outlawing Freedom Level 1
Outlawing Freedom Level 2
Coaching Your Staff Up the Oncken Freedom Scale
Completed Staff Work
9 Six Rules for Care and Feeding of Monkeys and Gorillas 103
Introduction
Rule 1 Make Sure Your Monkeys and Gorillas Don't Starve to Death!
Rule 2 Determine Your Optimum Monkey/Gorilla Population
Rule 3 The Burden for Feeding Monkeys and Gorillas Must Fall to the Subordinate
Rule 4 Make Sure Progress Is Made on the Vital Monkeys and Gorillas
Rule 5 Avoid Being Misunderstood
Rule 6 Facilitate Instant Dialogue
Epilogue 153
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