Monkey Business!

Oh no, I have monkey problems. Okay, not really. However, I am a huge fan of the book, The One Minute Manager Meets the Monkey authored by Ken Blanchard. The premise of the book is not to own problems that aren’t ours to own. The book associates problems to sick monkeys that require time and attention to get healthy. Have you ever had an employee, subcontractor, or coworker come to you with a problem that they are expecting you to fix? Most of us have. Our first reaction is to jump in and help, which for most good people is instinctive. If we do this over and over again, we’ll create a dependency behavior with the other person(s), which will eventually over take us. Just imagine rabid monkeys swinging from your arms, pulling your hair, and hanging off your legs. Not fun! So, here’s the challenge, next time someone comes to you with a sick monkey ask them for a solution. This may require a brainstorming session, possibly some one-on-one coaching with the person, but it shouldn’t end with you taking ownership of the problem. Finally, if you need professional coaching, please consider Great Family Management Consulting. Let’s take off together!

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