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Managing Management Time: Who's Got the Monkey? Hardcover – 1 Apr 1985

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  • Hardcover: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall (April 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0135506905
  • ISBN-13: 978-0135506905
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 18 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 430,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Good concepts throughout the book but generalises far to widely across other aspects. It is also feels dated now that this topic has moved on into the next decade. Worth a read though, if you can spare the time!
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This is still a great book on how make the management role work in classical hierarchical organisations. Oncken was an engineer and his concepts will appeal to engineers particularly - it is very logical. It deals with how to get control of your time - by becoming good at managing relationships with boss, subordinates and your ecosystem (or "management module"). Its description of the importance of good will is particularly enlightening (he uses an economic approach) and the monkey analogy for tasks is great fun. Once you have control of your time of course you look at ways to become more efficient and to take on more. The book won't tell you how to become a great leader (but you have plenty of books for this, don't you?) but it will help you to gain control of your time and so you will have the time for leadership (and strategic planning). I still use this as part of transformation efforts when people are firefighting and don't have time to change. See the HBR reprint 99609. Dec 1999 for a quick summary. Enjoy!
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By rf on 27 Feb. 2015
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excellent
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE ONLY MANAGEMENT BOOK YOU NEED TO READ 7 Dec. 2003
By TOM DILLON - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I started my management career in 1970 and was lucky to have attended a 2 day seminar in 1972 from William Oncken and I have read all his books. Once you read his work you quickly realize that you never have to read another management book again. His understanding of human nature and the real dynamics of organizations is profound. His work is as relavant now as it was 30 years ago. This is a must read for anyone trying to get ahead in corporate America.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get More from your subordinates, give more to your manager 10 Jan. 2001
By Ronnie Armstrong - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Funny, memorable and inspiring.
After 20 years in business I finally got it. And it came from this book. When I first became a supervisor my company provided me with a course in 'monkey management'. I thought I understood it and my roll in it but I was only on the receiving end of the monkeys.
This book not only taught me how to be a professional manager, but also explained how to make my subordinates and myself 'professional managees'. That's whats not taught in so many management courses and seminars.
Don't think because this book is out of print that it's no longer relevant. I've been to seminars with Ken Blanchard, Tom Peters, et al. Oncken had them cold a long time ago.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive and all inclusive approach to managment. 23 Aug. 1999
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Format: Hardcover
Oncken has condensed time managment, functional managment, peer communications, project/task mangement and control and oraganizing the content of a job to maximize the effectiveness of the manager and his/her team. This is the only course I've been exposed to (in over 20 years) that is not only practical, but blends the various activities and responsibilities of management into a cohesive useable philosophy and work ethic. The 'monkey theory' is easily adopted with a minimum of fuss. Bill promises that after a two day seminar you will NOT be saddled with two more days of work, but within one day of applying the tools learned during the seminar you will be caught up. I SUBMIT that reading the book and using the principles presented will net the same results. A job that becomes simultaneously controllable, fun and effective.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent management book 1 Jan. 2011
By dickatblind - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A management book written by a genius in management. If you are a manager, or aspire to be one, you must read this book! It will save your life. Written in a homey, unpretentious style that makes it easy to read. Since it has been out of print for awhile, it needs to be updated by the Oncken company and republished.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still relevent today 6 Sept. 2013
By Garnet V Czinkota - Published on Amazon.com
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Who's got the monkey? is still relevent for all new and improving managers. Author provides plenty of personal insites. If you love Dilbert, you will appreciate the tongue in check style this book is written with.
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