How To Play With Kids With Creative Abandon

david christopher as a kid blacklands school hastings
I was often asked “Are you a boy or a girl?”
When I started school, I was pretty unpopular.

I was a chubby little cherub with a bowl haircut who liked drama and could barely kick a football, but by the time I graduated I was one of the most popular kids in school.

I was never especially gregarious, rebellious or good looking; I was popular because over the years I’d been playmates with nearly everybody in my 50 person year group, and play was something I was really good at.

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the one minute manager meets the monkey book cover

The ‘One-Minute Manager Meets the Monkey’ Book Review



monkeys reaching for the sky at Oklahoma City ZooIn “The One Minute Manager Meets the Monkey” (1984, Blanchard and Bowles), a monkey is simply “the next move” in any project. Whether it’s your subordinates or your kids passing their monkeys to your back, you probably need to stop letting them.

Authors Kenneth Blanchard, William Oncken, Jr. and Hal Burrows believe that efficient monkey management starts with only accepting (or seeking) responsibility for the monkeys your subordinates aren’t capable of caring for Continue reading