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One Minute Manager Meets the Monkey (The One Minute Manager) Paperback – 25 Jul 1994

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Product details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; (Reissue) edition (25 July 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006376061
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006376064
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 415,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Very small and to the point book. I would recommend any who manages people and who says no time all the time. --By Yuvaraj on 25 April 2015

The one minute manager's symbol, a one-minute readout from the face of a modern digital watch, is intended to remind each of us to take a minute out of our day to look into the faces of the people we manage. The monkey manger's symbol a stressed manager overwhelmed by a desk full of problems, is intended to remind us to constantly discipline ourselves to invest our time on the most vital aspects of management rather than dilute our effectiveness by "doing more efficiently those things that shouldn't be done in the first place." What follows, is a story of a manger who worked long hours and never seemed to get caught up with all the work he had to do. He learned about monkey management and how not to take initiative away from his people so they can care for and feed their own monkeys. In the process, he learned to be more effective in dealing with his own manager and the demands of his organization. The performance of his department drastically improved, as did the prospects for his career. The authors hope is that you will use what you learn in this book to make a difference in your life and the lives of the people you interact with at work and at home. --By Sami Fgaier -

The one minute manager's symbol, a one-minute readout from the face of a modern digital watch, is intended to remind each of us to take a minute out of our day to look into the faces of the people we manage. The monkey manger's symbol a stressed manager overwhelmed by a desk full of problems, is intended to remind us to constantly discipline ourselves to invest our time on the most vital aspects of management rather than dilute our effectiveness by "doing more efficiently those things that shouldn't be done in the first place." What follows, is a story of a manger who worked long hours and never seemed to get caught up with all the work he had to do. He learned about monkey management and how not to take initiative away from his people so they can care for and feed their own monkeys. In the process, he learned to be more effective in dealing with his own manager and the demands of his organization. The performance of his department drastically improved, as did the prospects for his career. The authors hope is that you will use what you learn in this book to make a difference in your life and the lives of the people you interact with at work and at home. --By A Customer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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That monkey could be someone else's problem!

This book, one of the most liberating in the extraordinary One Minute Manager Library, teaches an unforgettable lesson: how to save time to do what you want and need to do. Step by step the authors show how managers can free themselves from doing everyone else's job and ensure that every problem is handled by the proper person. By using the Four Rules of Monkey Management, managers will learn to become effective supervisors of time, energy and talent – especially their own.

"With humour and logic the authors describe the delicate business of assigning monkeys to the right masters and keeping them healthy…Can lead to effective delegation"
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thought this was an excellent book. As with the others in this series it's a bit American but despite that contains some good stuff.
The main thing I got from the book is a sight of how things should be in terms of an effectively delegated workload. Then that is sufficiently motivating that you can pick up some of the techniques and systems that are suggested to start working towards that. I don't think there is any overnight fix to this kind of thing, which is why the mix of pragmatic stuff to do today and the vision of how things should be is a powerful mix.
Any book you can read in a quick burst and contains one or two thought provoking and applicable ideas has got to be good value.
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Ken Blanchard, Hal Burrows and the late William Oncken define the problem of picking up other peoples Monkeys. The little problems that effectively stop you from performing at your optimum efficency.
Learn the four simple rules from the One Minute Manager to pass these Monkeys back to the approriate keeper and reduce the burden on yourself.
This is great follow on in the classic One Minute Manager series and is to be well recommended to anyone who who finds themself burdoned down with other peoples problems. Regain control. Cut the Monkeys free.
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By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 May 2004
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This book does a great job of helping people focus on their own work.
Many people in an organization focus on managing the boss rather than doing their own job. What better way to manage the boss than to constantly seek her/his guidance on everything? Then, the boss can be flattered that you want his/her help, and will also take the blame if anything goes wrong. Insecure bosses like to be involved, so that fewer "errors" occur.
This wonderful book points out that no one can learn without making errors. Also, if you and your subordinate are doing the same job, one of you is superfluous. A common source of stalled thinking in this area is focusing on the fact that you, as manager, can do the job better and faster than you can teach the task or job to someone. What managers fail to realize is that someone closer to the source of the problem should be able to come up with a better solution. Also, the time taken to teach someone else to do the task is usually much less over a year or two than the time taken to help someone learn the task.
The key problem is that we all like to fall back on doing what we are comfortable with and are good at rather than new challenges where we are not so competent. Banish that feeling!
This book gives you lots of practical ideas for how to respond to efforts by your subordinates and colleagues to delegate their work and responsibility to you. You will learn how to see them coming and to keep the monkey where it belongs: with them.
If you find that you are pressed for time, this book is an important source of ideas to free up your life to have less stress while you and your organization both accomplish more.
Good luck with taking care of your monkey business! It's an important step toward developing an irresistible growth enterprise.
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Not just for managers! Read this if you're managed. Read this if you're a parent. Easy-to-read, quick read. Get this book. I gave a copy to my pastor, and he bought copies for the elders.
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To say this book accurately reflects the common delegation and mgmt pitfalls that I and most new managers fall into is an understatement.

I read this book at the weekend, and for the first time in weeks i'm actually enjoying being in work.

A "MUST READ" for any manager who's feeling their quality life is being wrecked by too much work.

This book may well just save my sanity :-)
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This book is enlightening. As soon as I started reading it, I began to cast monkeys towards my manager. When I had my appraisal, I could see clearly monkeys being rehomed. So when I handed my letter of resignation in, the day before my manager went on holiday, I chuckled a lot. One big fat monkey heading back at you. A good read. Recommend it, definitely.
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The only self help book you will ever need. The simplest of guidance, how to stop work overwhelming you, it told in an amusing and memorable way. I have followed its advice for years and it changed my life and reduced my stress levels and helped me achieve much better work life balance. I bought it for a friend who desperately needs to learn the same lessons!
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I'd forgotten that I still had this book, which has been around for 10 years or so. What rang true for me was after the first chapter I realised I was carrying many of my staff's monkeys, and thereby preventing them from realising their own potential. A simple idea which is easy to apply straight away..I'm lending it to or buying it for all my managers.
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