Hey boss, have you tried the monkey solution?
One of my clients told me, the other day, how one of his employees likes to drop stuff on the boss’s desk. And this is stuff the employee was hired to do. After all, that’s what employees are hired for. To lighten the boss’s load. And to take on the day-to-day tasks so the owner (or boss) can focus on getting more business. So, I listened to my client for a while and then asked him, “Have you ever heard of the monkey solution?”
“What in the world is the monkey solution?” my client asked.
So, I shared this short story…
Years ago, when I was still in the corporate world, a new manager I met noticed how workers would go to the boss or owner with too many questions or problems. He was talking about questions and problems they should have been resourceful enough to figure out on their own. I agreed that was a problem. And he told me how you don’t have to just send them away in shame. Or belittle them by asking why they couldn’t solve the problem themselves.
He said he liked to teach them how to find the answer on their own. Then, once they saw how it was done, he’d send them back out with three more problems to solve. As he put it, “one monkey in…three monkeys out.”
Of course he was showing me how to get the monkey off my back, so to speak. And once I took his advice, soon enough those daily interruptions became a thing of the past. That’s the monkey solution in a nutshell. Or should I say coconut? No, I shouldn’t.
Here’s one more tip.
Schedule time each week to touch base with your employees. Or to even touch base with your systems if you don’t have employees. Make it a consistent time and day, every week, so they can know they’ll have your undivided attention. And make sure it’s undivided. The RondaReady online business coach CRM system can help you set all that up. Because everyone will know how the systems work, employees will become much more productive. And your time becomes your own again.
Remember, I’m always pulling for you. So, be diligent about it. It works, and I promise it’ll help you…
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