We spend too much of our time worrying about the mosquitoes and not enough time concerning ourselves about the health of the pond.
[Page 118]Management by Wandering Around takes time! When recently we asked principals how they schedule their time during the day, some responded with excuses for why they couldn't be the MBWA administrators they knew they needed to be. A sampling of such responses includes the following:
- “I get 200 e-mails a day. It takes me 2 hours to deal with them.”
- “The paperwork that comes with the job is a Goliath.”
- “There isn't enough time in the day to take care of the phone calls, irate parents, discipline issues, and paperwork, much less get into classrooms.”
- “I spend most of ...