I always love to pick up new books at the airports and for some reason am always drawn to business related books when I am travelling between the Safari Convention Tradeshows each January.
Harvard Business Review (HBR) have a series of books called HBR’S 10 must reads, each which include 10 articles about one subject. With all the follow up from the Tradeshows and setting up for the hunting season looming, I bought “Managing Yourself”.
The article titled Management Time: Who’s Got the Monkey? resonated with me immediately.
"You’re racing down the hall. An employee stops you and says “We’ve got a problem.” You assume you should get involved but can’t make an on-the-spot decision. You say, “let me think about it.” You’ve just allowed a ‘monkey’ to leap for your employees back to yours.
You are now working for your employee. And when they check back in with you to see if you’ve fixed the problem, they are supervising you! Take on enough monkeys and you won’t have time to handle the stuff you do best… running a business."
I’m going to read more to find out how to encourage employees to handle their own monkeys, help them acquire new skills and give me time to do what I do best.. running the business!