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Where's My Monkey?

Where's my monkey? Pursuing your opportunity

My Aunt Phyllis is the grand dame of adventure. In 1963, she took off for Okinawa. The world was bigger then. I only understood Aunt Phyllis was going very far away. I was sad. Aunt Phyllis was always so much fun.

Yet Aunt Phyllis reassured me she would return. Better yet, Aunt Phyllis promised to bring me a monkey. This was a time when every child read the adventures of Curious George. I dreamed of all the monkey business in store once my precious monkey arrived.

A year later, Aunt Phyllis returned. I was excited yet maintained my good manners. Certainly my monkey was somewhere in all the packages and luggage. I was a good sport. I unwrapped several packages. A hat. A kimono. A fan. I dressed up. I posed for a photo.

All the time my brain was abuzz wondering, "Where's my monkey?"

It soon became apparent that there was not a monkey. I thanked Aunt Phyllis for the gifts. I did not ask about the monkey. I was ten; old enough to realize I had fallen for a bit of harmless teasing. Yet whenever I look at this photograph, I recall the question on my mind. Where's my monkey?

In hindsight, a monkey would have been a bad idea. Once the novelty wore off, I would realize what I viewed as the perfect opportunity would have a real downside.

How often do we pursue business opportunities in a similar manner? With just a bit of data or "intuition" we pursue a product, service, or strategic initiative. When the outcome of our pursuit does not deliver, we are perplexed with the results (lackluster sales, revenues, or buy-in).

What is your challenge? Where are your opportunities? How can you increase the odds that the opportunity you pursue is the right opportunity for your organization? How can you increase your chances of getting the outcomes you expect?  Next week, I will share a bit more about how to recognize and seize your opportunity… and how I finally got my monkey.

Chris Emmons, Ph.D., SHRM-SCP, is a member of Walsh’s human resource management faculty. She brings years of industry experience as a business advisor and facilitator of change leadership and employee engagement to her classes.

Walsh offers a Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resource Management (HRM) and a Master of Science in Management (MSM) with an HRM concentration. Walsh’s MSM with an HRM concentration is aligned with the Society of Human Resource Management‘s (SHRM) HR Curriculum Guidebooks and Templates.






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