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Ep3: It's Lonely at the Top: 3 Ways to Partner with Your Office Staff

leadership staff May 19, 2019

John’s Why

It is lonely at the top. In the transition from teacher to site leader to principal or director it gets lonelier and lonelier.  Partnering with the office staff is incredibly important.  This partnership is one way to insulate yourself but also to have a conduit to the outside. These are the people that will walk into your office and tell you to get up and go walk some classrooms. 

Luke’s Why

The secret sauce is letting your office staff into your work life. Sacrifice your pride and privacy to allow your office staff into your world. This way they can manage your incoming messages and tasks and other business while you are out doing what you are most passionate about which is being out talking to people. 

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  1. Give Up Some Privacy If your assistant does not have access to your email and/or calendar through delegation settings they can only help you so much. They really can't direct you and be "in" on...
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Episode #2: 5 Tips For Upping Your Staff Communications Game

John’s Why

My entire career in administration can be summed up as change management. No matter where the initiative comes from we are always managing change. How do we get from where we are to where we want to be? Change management is tough. People resist change. One of my favorite tools is called The Change Matrix and it says in order to create change you need Trust, Vision, Skill Development, Resources, a Payoff, and an Action Plan. If you are missing one piece, the change won’t be successful. However, at the center of it all is clear communication. So if there was one thing work as an administrator, it would be to up your communication game.

Luke’s Why

Limit the amount of extra thinking your staff needs to do by making making sure the flow of information is seamless and accessible. They already have so much on their plates with their students and/or daily work. Finding documents, finding information, knowing what is happening on a given day, week, month and...

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Episode #1: 5 Ways to Appreciate Staff

John’s Why

Sometimes appreciation is finding the bright spots in the organization that give us a pathway or potential reality. Appreciation is so important because we are in the  job of recruiting and retaining the highest quality people. No one wants to work in an organization where they’re not celebrating their staff and everyone wants to work in an organization where they feel appreciated and they look around and see their colleagues being appreciated. We all come to the edu-space with a heart for children but it’s easy to burn out if we’re not recognized for how hard we are working and what we bring to the game.

Luke’s Why

We are all probably under-appreciated. And it’s because it's the last we think about in a world where we are drawn to all the problems that need fixing. There are problems and as humans our survival brains are wired to see the problems and to fix the problems. Being under appreciated is a problem that is somewhat...

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