A few weeks ago my subordinate walked into my office and came with a, in his point of view, brilliant idea. He wanted to improve a business process.
Now let me be clear. In this short story it is not my aim to propagate hurt of animals in general and Monkeys in specific, yet I found a clear and easy way to manage activities by creating and writing you down a metaphor. I like to call it Monkey Management.
Also, monkeys have the tendency to jump from one to another’s shoulder. Now as you are aware of the jumpy monkey, you as a manager need to find a way to keep the monkeys off your shoulder. Let’s put it this way; your colleague or subordinate is the caregiver of the monkey and that should be kept that way. Otherwise you end up with a lot of monkeys on your shoulder whilst your colleagues do not have a pet anymore to take care of. So it is important to tie the monkey steady to the caregiver. Remind yourself, you are the zookeeper of the Monkeys.
So there are some steps to take to assure you as a manager, or the zoo-keeper, monkeys stay with their respective caregivers, are happy and healthy.
Moral of this story: Ideas of your subordinates that require action come as Monkeys. Monkeys have the tendency to jump from one shoulder to another. You as a manager have one critical mission in this: to qualify the monkey and either to feed the monkey bananas and send it on its path or; to shoot the monkey.
Happy Banana Days!
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