The negative effects of engaging in Monkey Busyness (not "business") are threefold:
- It distracts us from the real focus of our work - the vision - and gets us mired in details that rightly belong to those on the front lines of the work.
- It sends the wrongful message to others that we either have not empowered them to tackle the problems, or that we don't feel them capable of tackling the problems.
- It sends the wrongful message that accountability can be offloaded.
Monkey Busyness is both a time and energy drain. In meaningful work, we all have plenty of monkeys of our own.