Are you a leader who wants your program to be great, but no matter what you do, you feel staff are standing in your way?
If you look at the picture of the distressed woman above 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 some of these strategies and guide you along the path to make things better.
You may be the program manager of an early childhood program, a manager of a school district, or any other kind of program where you have to manage staff. If so, this website is for you!
1. This website could be named: The Best Boss Bootcamp Ever! You will learn what good bosses do to help their staff excel and turn everyday into wonderful days! You will learn what to do to make your staff into a dream team that turns them into being proactive instead of reactive. You will teach staff how to love and value children and create a classroom community where children feel part of a group and figure out how to work together for the good of all. They will learn how to treat children just as you treat them – to treat them like a team. You will learn how to do professional development that leads to excellence & sustainability! You will engage with staff and ask them to help you solve problems. That’s what teams do! Then you will identify with the picture behind the dream team log and be very happy and ready to do great things.
2. 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.
- Hear something that Juanita says you can do. You can make your staff into a great team. Teams solve problems together; so Instead of constantly putting out fires, decide one goal for building teams that you want to focus on. When a fire comes up, focus on your goal and respond while thinking about your goal: to create a happy place where everyone feels safe and reflects on how to make things better.
- 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 how to say to the child, “It seems like another child did something you didn’t like. Did you like what happened? The child will probably say “NO!” Then you teach the teacher how to help the child use their Big Voice to tell another child what they want him to do instead of what they did. Then the teacher will help them resolve the problem. When this is accomplished, the child will have solved the problem & the teacher will help them learn how to keep doing this when another problem arises. Then, the teacher will have learned a better way to respond to their children’s behavior. When you do this, you will have trained the teacher to teach the children how to solve their own problems. They have learned that this is what team leaders do; they help others solve problems. This teacher will have taken the first step to managing hard problems and you can coach them on how leaders help solve more problems. Now, this teacher will have a new outlook on how to manger her classroom and will be more available to help others. This makes your center on the road to being able to focus on new things and problem solving.
3. 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 teach them better ways to deal with children and lead all staff on a path to becoming part of a team, that works together for the good of everyone and plans great things for the program to be and become!
If you start doing these things, your program will soon look like the one in the header at the top of this page.
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. Click here to find out more about the coaching that Juanita provides.
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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