Many people struggle at work because they want more authority.
It turns out you can get a lot done if you just take more responsibility instead. It's often offered, rarely taken. Authority isn’t a title or position, it is work ethic, and personal responsibility.
(And you can get even more done if you give away credit, relentlessly).
The School Conscience
There isn't one.
Schools don't have a conscience, people do.
That means that every time a teacher or an administrator says, "It's not my job," or "My department has a policy," or "All I do is work here," or “It’s not in the contract” what you've done is abdicated responsibility--to no one.
Unless you have been living under a rock, you know that the State of Michigan is in the midst of a financial and economic crisis. In order to survive, school districts across our great state have been forced to make tough decisions that have resulted in deep cuts to building programs and staff. With all the doom and gloom, how can a principal in their right mind ask their district to send them to events like the MASSP Fall Conference?
“I'll be out of bed in five minutes,” is not a true statement because it's a promise not meant to be kept. It actually means, “go away, I'm sleeping, I'll say what I need to get rid of you.”
“Your call is very important to us,” is not a true statement either. The truth is self-evident.
“I'll get the grades in the computer this week,” is of course not a real promise either. It might be uttered with good intent, or might be designed to get an annoying parent to go away, but still...
I know it's cliché, but I firmly believe that everyone needs to recharge their batteries every now and then. Whether it's your energy battery, spiritual battery or the battery that controls your mood, finding the necessary balance in these areas will contribute towards creating a positive outlook on the upcoming school year.