Who's Got the Monkey?

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Who’s Got The Monkey
The article “Who’s Got The Monkey?” by William Onken, Jr. and Donald L. Wass is how to manage management times. A manager must understand the content of his work and do not attempt to take all the monkeys that not belong to him; otherwise, he will soon discover that he is not only drowning with the responsibilities but also robbing his subordinates the experience of learning. In the article, it clearly defines the three types of times that one needs to manage. First, the boss-imposed time is the time for accomplishing activities that assigned by the boss. Second, the system-imposed time is the time for supporting peers. Third, the self-imposed time consists of subordinate-imposed time, which is taken by his subordinates, and the discretionary-imposed time that is the time of his own. The key is one need to learn how to shorten the subordinate-imposed time and enlarge the discretionary-imposed time. By doing that, he can leverage his discretionary-imposed time to have the boss-imposed and the system-imposed time under control. One way to eliminate the subordinate-time is to ensure the subordinates initiate and take on the responsibilities. The subordinates shall schedule weekly meeting to review the status or any issues that arises together with the manager and other stake holders. The manager’s job is to provide assistant to the subordinates but not to perform the job for the subordinates. In this article, monkey is an analogy of responsibility.
Like many parents, I have a responsibility to take care of my children. My husband and I brought the children into the world, hence it is our responsibility to take care of them. It is very unfair to shift that responsibility to other people or to the society. For my part, I have to make sure they are well fed before they go to bed or go to school, make sure they keep warm in the cold…...

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