“Monkeys” are the problems, issues, or challenges your employees bring you that somehow become your responsibility to manage and solve. Instead of the monkeys stopping by your office for a quick visit and going back home with their owners, they end up taking residence and you become responsible for their ongoing care.
I liked feeding monkeys because I thought I was helping people solve problems. Over time, I learned my good intentions were actually handicapping my employees from learning how to solve their own problems, resulting in me being overloaded with work.
There are three ways in which I developed that helped me stop feeding monkeys and I believe they can help you too.
1. Become a situational leader – There is no one best leadership style when it comes to managing people. People need different…
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