Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Principals and Pancakes!?

Those Plates Are Hot!
Thomas R. Hoerr

As school heads ......
  • Do you ever feel attacked?
  • Do you ever need help?
  • Do you find yourself in a corner?
Thomas R. Hoerr says,
"Good leaders don't avoid heat - they can't.
But they can look ahead and prepare for it."

Thomas explains....
  • When (he's) in a heated situation and feeling attacked, (he) needs to remember that time can be (his) ally.
  • Principals need to establish a personal advisory board, a network of people to turn to for advice or simply to vent .
  • Anticipate what will cause people to get upset and work to change the situation, or at least talk about it before positions are hardened (or entrenched).
Learn the 3 important lessons Thomas, a school head, recognized while eating breakfast with his mother at a pancake house.

Read more at http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership
Source: www.ascd.org.
Nov 2011, volume 69, no 3

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