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Monkey Management: How to Deal with a Monkey on Your Back

Do you ever find yourself taking on other people’s work, and then finding it’s like having a monkey on your back? What you need to learn about is Monkey Management. And that’s the topic of this video.

Watching this video is worth 2 Management Courses CPD Points*.
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This video is part of course module number 1.6.1
Program 1: Managing Yourself
Course 6: Personal Productivity
Section 1: Effective Working

Relevant videos in the same section as this video include:
– Organization: How to Enhance Your Productivity by Being Organized
– Planning, Preparation, and Follow-up: Effective Working for Better Productivity
– Milestones and Deadlines for Self-Motivation and Greater Productivity
– Failure of Multitasking: The Multitasking Myth
– Overcome Overwhelm: Dealing with the Feeling of Being Overwhelmed

The metaphor of a monkey on your back comes from William OnckenJr.
You can read about it in the book, The One Minute Manager Meets the Monkey – https://geni.us/HRSoXkF
Oncken’s four rules for Monkey Management:

Rule 1: Describe the Monkey
The next move

Rule 2: Assign an Owner
Lowest level

Rule 3: Take out Insurance
Levels of Authority

What if?
Rule 4: Check up on the Monkey
You still have some responsibility

1. Review all of the work you have on at the moment. How many of other people’s monkeys do you have on your desk? (1 MC CPD Point)
2. It’s time to get those other people’s monkeys off your desk. Retrospectively, apply the rules of monkey management. For each one, decide the next step and who the owner should have been. Then, go find them and brief them. Get back in control. (4 MC CPD Points)
3. Next time someone approaches you with a monkey on their back, before you find yourself saying ‘leave it with me’… Stop! Now’s the time to practice monkey management (2 MC CPD Points)

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For this video, take a look at The One Minute Manager Meets the Monkey
…. https://geni.us/HRSoXkF

I’ll be as modest as I can. I’m something of an expert on effective working, personal productivity, & time management, with 4 best-selling books by 3 international publishers:
– The Time Management Pocketbook
– How to Manage Your Time
– Powerhouse: Turbo Boost Your Effectiveness and Start Making a Serious Impact
– The Yes/No Book: How to do less… and achieve more

And here are my picks from the thousands of other books on personal productivity, effective working, & time management:
– The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
– The Power of Habit: Why we Do what we Do, and How to Change
– Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
– Eat that Frog! 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating

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How Does the Autofocus Time Management Method Work?
How Does the Getting Things Done Time Management Method Work?
What is the Pomodoro Technique? Working in Sprints
Eating Frogs: A Solution to Procrastination
How to Handle Interruptions and Distractions
How to Say NO: Noble Objection – the Ultimate in Time Management
How to Handle Overload: When Time Management is Not Enough
How to Clear a Backlog – The 4 Rs Method
Prioritization with the Pareto Principle – the 80-20 Rule
Prioritization: Understand Urgent and Important
To Do List and 7 Other Time Management Lists You Should Use Instead
Time Management with The OATS Principle
Goal Setting: The Start of Your Time Management
Activity Log: Logging Your Time and Activities
Email Wrangling: How to Manage Your Email for Greater Productivity
The Flow State… and How Flow Can Help You Work Effectively
Special Time: and How to Use it to Work Effectively
Overcome Overwhelm: Dealing with the Feeling of Being Overwhelmed
Conquer Procrastination: How to Avoid Putting Things Off
Three Types of Procrastination… and Why 2 are Good
Failure of Multitasking: The Multitasking Myth
Milestones and Deadlines for Self-Motivation and Greater Productivity
Wellbeing: What to do to Increase Your Productivity
Use your Energy Cycles for More Effective Working and Greater Productivity
Planning, Preparation, and Follow-up: Effective Working for Better Productivity
Organization: How to Enhance Your Productivity by Being Organized
The Power of Habits: Productivity through Effective Working

Mike Clayton

About Mike Clayton 

Dr Mike Clayton is a (former) Project Manager and now a management educator. Having trained thousands of people at live workshops, seminars, and conferences, he now delivers training mainly via video. He has 14 books with international publishers and runs two successful YouTube channels. He is also the founder of OnlinePMCourses.com

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