No More Monkeys (Gorilla Time)

As with most Executives, each day can seem like an endless stream of meetings followed by a series of pressing tasks and decisions that we inherit from our subordinates.  Some of the decision are warranted, but the vast majority come about because we accept our subordinate’s “Monkeys”.  These Monkeys prevent us from doing other high-value work (“Gorillas”) which are both important to the business and career-building.    Definitions:       A “Monkey” is defined as a task or decision that subordinates should be handling.       A “Gorilla” is a strategic endeavor that requires manager attention to dramatically improve the business.  William Oncken and Donald Wass …

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