And today I’ll tell you why!
Here is a booklet that helps managers and their staff to clarify two essential and intimately connected points: delegation and time management.
First of all, following a straightforward rule:
Does this mean that a manager should not help colleagues, bosses or colleagues in difficult situations?
Not at all!
This means that managers must be aware that their primary task is to contribute to the improvement of the organisation’s functioning by ensuring that a sense of responsibility drives everyone to manage their role effectively and efficiently.
The use of the image of the manager being chased by the “monkeys”, which symbolises the countless problems that move from the desk of colleagues to the boss’ desk, is very effective.
The authors also have the remarkable merit of helping the reader to discover the value of discretionary time, which is unknown to most; this is the kind of time that managers should be using to improve the quality of their work but which they are being stolen by “monkeys” who do not belong to them.
A book aimed at managers only?
Actually, reading this book will be very useful for both managers and their staff, because it allows the reader to quickly get in touch with aspects of management that too many people meet for the first time and that can prove vital to organisational functioning.
A small investment in time and money that will pay off quickly!
First Management Position
Meeting with Boss
Meeting with the One Minute Manager
Fundamental Management Dilemma
Definition of a Monkey
Who Owns the Monkey?
The One Minute Manager’s Awakening
The Depth of the Problem
A Feeling of Optimism
Returning the Monkeys
Having Time for My People
Oncken’s Rules of Monkey Management
Rule 1 Descriptions
Rule 2 Owners
Rule 3 Insurance Policies
Rule 4 Feeding and Checkups
A Summary of Oncken’s Four Rules of Monkey
Balancing Three Kinds of Organizational Time
Discretionary—The Most Vital Time
Starting with Subordinate-Imposed Time
Planting Discretionary Time
Managing Rather Than Doing
The Ultimate Conversion
About the Authors