Tag: Management

Classroom Dollars and Bad Teachers

Start with a graphic representation of a dollar bill. Divide it up to show how many cents are spent in which categories.  Not a bad way to represent expenditures. Except when it is done this way: Why? Because this cartoon is not just wrong, it is dishonest.  The categories of expense are a bit hard

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Taking a Position

The director and manager of school construction sat down in my office.  They had made it clear that they needed to see me NOW.  “What’s up?” “Well, you hired a supervisor. For the construction department.”  “An accounting supervisor. Yes.” “We should have been consulted. After all, she works in our department.” “Yes, she’s physically located

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Arson

FIRE ACCOUNTING Click on the link for my manual on school arson.  I have dealt with three major school fires in my career.  And believe me, there was no manual.  The first thing I did ten years ago when confronted with my first school fire was to Google “accounting for school fires” and couldn’t find anything terribly useful. I

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Stages of Grief at Work

Much has been written about Elisabeth Kübler-Ross’ five stages of grief:  denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. I am thinking about this, because a family member is currently dealing with cancer.  He spent some time in denial (delayed seeing a doctor).  He spent months bargaining (if I become a vegan, this will go away).  I

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How to Take a Break

CaveGirlMBA’s post about the guy who plays online games at work really struck a chord with me, because here’s a second post about it.  For me, the story is explained by one of two possibilities. 1.   He is thoroughly disengaged and doesn’t give a s**t 2.   He is engaged, but takes breaks inappropriately You’ll know

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Stepping into a Pile of Management

My boss told me that the only difference between management and non-management is that managers get to hire and fire (so you’d better get good at it). Truth be told, she said this during a somewhat negative performance review. That’s a blunt way of saying non-managers are responsible for tasks while managers are responsible for people. 

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Creativity versus Rules

As I was preparing to leave a former position I spent most of my time writing instruction booklets.  I knew that the new incumbent might be newly promoted or new to the business of education.  This person might need a few guidelines. I have never regarded these instructions as rules.  At best they are helpful

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Learning Through Stories (Cocktails Optional)

A lot has been written recently about storytelling as a teaching tool.  We don’t remember facts well, but we do remember stories. In this blog I relate stories of my experiences working at a school district.  I do this because I hope that they are instructive. The danger is that I may inadvertently embarrass a particular

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When to Say No

I recently overheard two employees chatting with their supervisor. “We want to learn Excel” they said. “Can you teach us?”  They do not need to know Excel for the work they do currently.  Much of the time they are doing data entry.  However the next position up the pay scale uses Excel extensively.  The supervisor

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Year End Closing Powerpoint

I have posted a Powerpoint presentation on the Year End Close.  Yes it is one of those presentations with lots of text and no interesting pictures.  However, not all presentations are of the Steve Jobs variety. This presentation is designed for school business professionals new to the year end close process, and it is designed

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