A Guide to Managing and Leading School Operations
What a pleasure it is to write a foreword for a book that “keeps it real” for all of us who know what it is like to be in the “middle of the muddle” of educational administration. The book you are about to enjoy acknowledges the role of visionary leadership while also recognizing the importance of daily management practice in what are arguably three of the most important...
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Confucius offered sobering advice to leaders: Think hard before acting; however, then be decisive when acting. In the era of whimsical advice from purveyors of leadership lore, those who want to be leaders ought to (a) leap without assessing the consequences and concern for the results of their actions or (b) not act at all and instead rely on the status quo to see them through. Confucius insisted...
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I wish to sincerely thank the following people and organizations for their encouragement and intellectual and emotional support that allowed me to create this book: Janet Cranston, my best friend, life partner, and ever-willing reader, who always offers a caring yet soberly honest appraisal of my far-fetched ideas; Kristin Kusanovich, my writing and research collaborative partner from Santa Clara...
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The false dichotomy that separates “leadership” from “management” has led far too many to ignore the reality that every day we make choices—some big, some small—and how we act through those choices contributes greatly to how we are regarded. In simple terms, how school leaders manage the business operations of the school—how they act—says a whole lot...
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Ample research and workplace evidence suggests what many already know: Having just a few lazy or incompetent characters around the staff room can ruin the performance of a team or an entire organization, no matter how stellar the other employees may be. Bad characters and poor performers distract and drag everyone down, and their lack of motivation and commitment can be remarkably contagious even...
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This passage serves to highlight the sobering fact that some—including some school leaders—believe that all they need is greater access to money to address all the challenges that seemingly beleaguer schools. They do not seem to interrogate their assumption to discover whether or not the blind pursuit of more money will bring about greater educational opportunities for students to...
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In general, public-sector services exist in part to buffer society during turbulent economic, political, and social times. When it comes to launching new initiatives, if the potential outcomes are largely unknown or the risk exposure to the organization’s members or the organization itself is deemed to be too high, it is reckless to throw caution to the wind and to be blinded by ambition and...
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At this point I have hopefully convinced you that principals are required by the very nature of their work to both manage and lead their schools in what might be described as a fishbowl of public scrutiny from the endless list of so-called stakeholders in education. Such an obligation for transparency has resulted in the public’s increasingly unrealistic expectations that principals are...
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Jerome Cranston, PhD, is the executive director of student engagement and academic success and also an associate professor of educational administration at the University of Manitoba. Most recently, he has served in a university academic administrator position overseeing a staff of over one hundred people and a multimillion-dollar budget. Prior to that, he spent sixteen years in the...
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