Monday, July 30, 2007

Managers are paid to make sure that the right person does the right thing at the right time

Reading Room
Monkey Business
William Oncken III

Who doesn't know a monkey, but the one that William Oncken III describes in Monkey Business ( is different; it is at workplace.

A monkey, according to him, is the next move, initiative or action step in resolving a problem. "In most of your conversations during working hours, there comes a point where the dialogue breaks off and there is a next move." Monkey is what conventional managers call `assignment' says the author. Project, which is the vector sum of a lot of little assignments, is the `gorilla' - `a lot of little monkeys laid nose-to-tail'.

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