Monkey management: Effective delegation

Monkey management: Effective delegation

Back in 1974, Oncken and Wass wrote a Harvard Business Review article called, “Who’s Got the Monkey?” It used monkeys as metaphors for tasks or projects. It was well-received nearly 50 years ago, and the article remains a popular reprint today. The...
Delegate to the busy

Delegate to the busy

“I can’t delegate anything! We’ve had staff cuts, and everyone is too busy already.” That’s a pretty frequent comment made by leaders. Is there no other option but doing it yourself? Actually, delegation can still happen, even if...
Conquer collaboration

Conquer collaboration

Collaboration – working with others to get something done – is a desirable, productive action. The meeting of multiple minds usually means a better outcome than could be achieved alone. Because of this bias toward collaboration, the downside is sometimes...
You’re not you when…

You’re not you when…

I love those Snickers commercials that feature the byline, “You’re not you when you’re hungry.” This relates to a discussion at a recent Humanergy meeting about how people deal with difficult or stressful situations. Because we’re human,...