Dr. Kenneth Blanchard, the co-author of The One-Minute Manager, says, “You are helping your people too much if you take responsibility for the care and feeding of their monkeys” 🐒🙊🙉 ‘Monkey’ in this context refers to the tasks, jobs or problems that are the responsibility of other people. If you take other people’s ‘monkeys’ (responsibilities) on your back too much it will add unnecessary stress to your life and reduce your time for your own main responsibilities.
Here are three (3) responses for keeping the ‘monkeys’ on other people’s backs and off of yours:
1) SUPPORTIVE RESPONSE 🐵 State that you understand the complexity of the other’s problem and that you are willing to talk with them about how they (not you!) can get is solved
2) DELEGATING RESPONSE 🐵 Inform others that this is their responsibility, but give them some suggestions they might try
3) COACHING RESPONSE 🐵 If you feel others do not have the ability to handle their ‘monkeys’ then give them specific directions. Explain the next move or strategy or resources that you would recommend and then supervise what they do
Remember, I repeat, DON’T TAKE other people’s ‘monkeys’! 🙊🙉🐒 #ServeToLead
THINK BIG. START SMALL. GO DEEP.
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