Learn to focus on essentials, and strengthen your priority, time, and to-do management skills to create balance, enjoyment and satisfaction in your professional life.
Do you find yourself so busy digging a ditch with a spoon that you don't have time to go back to the tool shed and fetch a shovel? Are your in-box, and daily schedule at maximum capacity? Does it seem impossible to include those extras that would make your job more enjoyable and satisfying? Conquering overload is the constant challenge of 21st century school administrators. This book breathes fresh air into the often murky world of priority management.
Setting Leadership Priorities teaches busy professionals how to distinguish between information, activities, and situations that must be retained, those that might be refined, and many that should be relinquished. Drawing more than twenty years of experience as a teacher and administrator, Lovely understands that reducing frustration and overload helps administrators by:
o increasing retention rates and improving success on the job
o allowing them to redistribute leadership by delegating
o creating balance in their daily lives and in their long-term professional journey
When the emergencies outnumber the victories and you can't see the door over your towering in-box, it's time to reshuffle your priorities and let clarity emerge.
Suzette Lovely is the deputy superintendent of personnel services for the Capistrano Unified School District in Orange County, CA. She has spent 24 years in public education as a teacher, assistant principal, elementary principal, and director of elementary operations. Lovely also serves as an adjunct faculty member at Chapman University, teaching courses in educational administration. Author of two previous books: Setting Leadership Priorities: What's Necessary, What's Nice and What's Got to Go (Corwin Press, 2006) and Staffing the Principalship: Finding, Coaching and Mentoring School Leaders (ASCD, 2004), Lovely is also a staff writer for Master Teacher publications.
Preface Acknowledgments About the Author 1. The Information Invasion Global Communication: Friend or Foe? Overshooting the Mark California's Billion-Dollar Experiment Learning to Set Limits Conclusion: Turn Off the Spigot 2. Teaching Leaders to Let Go Beef Up Communication "Selective Abandonment" at Work Make Room for the Essentials It Takes Courage to Say No Conclusion: Hope Is on the Way 3. Business As Unusual Getting Into Gear Building Organizational Fitness Deposit Time in the Bank The Battle of Blind Accumulation Stop the Madness Conclusion: Don't Catch the Ball Every Time It's Thrown 4. The Power of One, the Impact of Many Loading the Bus With the Right People P(3) = Persistence x Passion x Practice One Principal, Many Leaders Delegation Without Guilt Conclusion: Bring Home the Yellow Jersey 5. Getting a Grip on Data Excavating Quality Data Take the Plunge Turning Data Into Knowledge Sow the Seeds of Success Conclusion: It's Elementary 6. Is the Sky Really Falling? Distinguishing a Bona Fide Crisis From Make-Believe The Story of Urgent Ernie No Need to `FUD' About It Fighting the Adrenaline Rush School Leadership Is Not an Emergency The Throes of CoDependency Conclusion: Blow Out the Candles and Move On Epilogue: Let the Odyssey Begin Balance Inside Disequilibrium Courting Successors Pass the Mate If at First You Don't Succeed, TRI-TRI Again Just Do It Resource A. Sample District Complaint Policy Resource B. Testing Your Organizational DNA Resource C. Who's Riding Our Bus? Personal Inventory & Team Activity Resource D. Leadership Lessons in 30 Minutes or Less Getting Results Through Time Efficient Meetings The Classroom Walk `Bout Passing Out Psychological Paychecks: 50 Ways to Recognize Employee Performance and Boost Morale References Index