If you look at the picture at the top of the page and see yourself there, you need to keep reading. If you’re overwhelmed by everything and you can’t see a way out, keep reading!
I was this kind of director once until I began to discover the strategies that could make a difference. Follow along with me as I share these strategies and guide you along the path to make things better.
1. If you’re constantly putting out fires in your workplace & the goals you’ve set for your program to attain always take a back seat to fires created by your staff, I understand that you are feeling unimportant to your staff.
- Instead of constantly putting out fires, decide one goal you want to focus on. When a fire comes up, focus on your goal and respond while thinking about your goal. For example, someone tells you they are sick of working with a certain child. Since one of your goals is to help staff see how to meet the needs of young children, ask this staff something like, “It seems like that child did something that upset you.”
- When you do this, most likely the teacher will tell you what happened, and you can help them figure out things to do to address the situation. Because you’ve responded to their concern, this will help them brainstorm other ways to respond to this child.
2. Do you dread supervising your staff because they create so many problems? I remember how this felt, but here is something I learned that helped.
- When you need to supervise staff because they are on their phone instead of being with children, ask staff what they have been learning about children during their day. This will help them focus on the children instead of themselves.
- When you want staff to focus on your goals for the program, ask them what they think teachers need to be working on to make their program great. This pulls staff into the planning process and helps them know you value their ideas.
I help directors and program managers figure out how to manage staff who are driving them crazy. I help them clear away feeling that they need to control staff and I teach them better ways to deal with staff and lead them on a path to becoming part of a team!
What Is Coaching Like?
- Coaching sessions will either be individual or in a group. It is my belief that each client will learn much more in a group setting than alone, but it is your choice. As we collaborate together, we will share ideas and experiences and we will learn much from what others have done. As we generate problems we’d like to figure out how to solve, we’ll share ideas and Juanita will share research that will give us ideas about best practices. Juanita is willing to do what ever kind of coaching best meets your needs. Just let me know early on!
Juanita helps programs focus on what they need to do to make their programs strong. She will focus on the problems staff are causing you and plan ways to value them and create a team with them that wants to solve problems.
As you discover the essentials for great programs that you’d like to work on or change, Juanita will be available to help you analyze where you are and help you develop the skills you will need to make the changes you dream about. Follow this link to find out how to create greatness.
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