“The Ellers have done an excellent job identifying supervision problems that plague administrators on a daily basis. They provide clear and detailed strategies to address personnel problems covering virtually every employment group. I strongly recommend this book as a quick reference for all school administrators as they deal with difficult employees.”
—Dan Hoverman, Superintendent
Mounds View Public Schools, Shoreview, MN
Help marginal employees take positive steps to improve their performance and behavior!
Managing difficult employees is one of the most challenging aspects of a school leader's job. Written by experienced administrators, this resource provides specific techniques and strategies to identify, work with, and evaluate marginal school employees.
John F. Eller and Sheila Eller provide essential information for understanding and dealing with employees who may have negative attitudes, lack awareness of their behavior, blame others for problems, or are marginal performers. Drawing on the authors' extensive experience, this book includes:
Skills and sample dialogues for conducting difficult conversations; Templates for putting concerns into writing and developing improvement plans; Information about legal issues and ways to protect yourself; Specific strategies for working with teachers, secretaries and assistants, paraprofessionals, and custodial staff; Steps to take when termination becomes necessary
This ready reference helps administrators develop the leadership skills and competencies necessary to confront marginal and deficient behaviors and achieve successful results.
Chapter 1: The Nature of Difficult/Marginal Employees: Why Don't These People Listen to Reason and Improve?
The Nature of Difficult/Marginal Employees: Why Don't These People Listen to Reason and Improve?
In many schools across the country, there are a variety of challenges facing principals. You may have had training or coursework on working with the curriculum, understanding data and assessment information, and processing other information related to the structural components of a school, but you have probably received minimal support in dealing with the human elements of a school. These human elements can be complicated and complex to deal with effectively. An area of difficulty for principals and other school leaders involves working with employees who are not performing up to standards and need to make changes. In ...