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Educating Your Team on Reporting


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Honest question.

When you write out a to-do list—whether for your team, your family, or yourself—does it give an accurate representation of everything that goes into completing each task?

Take laundry, for example. When I put “do the laundry” on my to-do list, I would be kidding myself if I thought it was a one-step process.

There’s sorting, washing, drying, ironing, folding, putting the clothes away… and even that isn’t an exhaustive list depending on the circumstances. Rather than an easy box to check, something like laundry can easily take an entire morning—or day.

It’s a perfect example of invisible labor—all the tasks that need to get done that nobody sees…

…at least, nobody but you.

As a school leader, invisible labor is your middle name. Your brain is wired to consider the details, and you can’t help but get bogged down in all the particulars of whatever task is at hand.

So, when your team reports to you, thinking the best thing to do is to relay ALL the information possible, you get overwhelmed by things you don’t need to worry about.

You feel responsible for things you don’t need to be responsible for.

And the result is that you waste precious time and energy on things that won’t help your center move forward.

To ensure you’re operating at optimal levels and focusing on the things that matter most, it’s critical for you to educate your team on how to report to you.

In this week’s podcast episode, I’m talking about how to train your team to report effectively so you can keep your mind—and your schedule—clear for tasks that bring you closer to your goals.

Join me for a conversation about:

  • Why it’s important to educate your team on proper reporting
  • Financial debt vs. time debt
  • How to discern what’s truly important to know
  • Action steps to educate your team


Resources and links mentioned in this episode:

Issues with reporting is one of the most common issues I see leaders and their teams facing—but it’s also something that can be resolved with the right guidance. With a Leadership Day Intensive, you’ll get a full day of on-demand, in-school training with me, plus various accountability check-ins, to help you and your team work through reporting and other obstacles and build a stronger, healthier center.

This episode is a recording from a previous strategic advisory call with our members. If you like what you hear and want more opportunities to receive guidance and support that can transform your leadership, I encourage you to apply for our Owner’s HQ and Director’s Inner Circle membership programs. As a member, you’ll gain access to tools, resources, coaching, and community that will help you as you work toward building a school of excellence.

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More about the show:

If you are an Early Childhood director or owner, prepare to transform your school and life with the Schools of Excellence podcast. Tune in each week to learn from Chanie Wilschanski, the founder and host of the Schools of Excellence Podcast and a mom of 4 little kids. Each episode will be packed with tools and strategies – equipping you to build schools with higher staff retention, teacher motivation, parent partnership, collaborative culture, and beautiful quality of life.

Every week, Chanie shares the truth about the journey to excellence, the strategies that are working TODAY, and the mindset about the critical decisions and choices that you make every day which impact yourself, your teachers, parents, family, and children who you serve every day.

In addition to weekly solo episodes, she’ll also be inviting industry leaders and the changing makers of the landscape of education to give listeners the inside knowledge of what it takes to sustain excellence.

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