Ever feel like you are being weighed down by a ton of monkeys on your back. Well if you do, then you allowed those monkeys to be put on your back.
Lets step back a bit and understand what is a monkey? A monkey is a task you gave a team member to work on and you expect them to take care in doing it to completion, but instead of completing it they bring it back undone to ask you expecting an input or a decision from you to move ahead.
The moment you take it upon yourself to give them an answer you have successfully taken over charge of that monkey and now it is stuck with you until you give an answer. Now think about it, if you start accumulating monkeys like this what would happen.
You would have to figure out how to make time to handle these monkeys as they get brought back to you to firmly take them and put them back on your team members back.
Remember that if you do not get rid of these monkeys they end up one on top of the other and the longer you keep them the more of a stink they create.