[windows2000] Re: Proactivity (now long winded)

  • From: "Jeff Stockard" <jstockard@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <windows2000@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 2 Dec 2004 11:36:56 -0500

I work in a K-12 public school (charter schools) environment.  At the
beginning of the summer we were given a list of things that would be
nice to accomplish and a list of must accomplish.  We also received an
admonition that we have been too slow to react in the past and we need
to take a more proactive approach.  We left that meeting and I
immediately scheduled a meeting with the entire IT staff.  We went over
both lists and came up with an action plan, a timeline and a list of
needed equipment (for both the nice and must accomplish list).
We took this to the next meeting and were given a pat on the head and
told nice job.  Then we were promptly ignored for the rest of the
summer.  As our items became due on the timeline, we went to the budget
and finance people who told us we needed to wait until we had a fall
head count.
When we told them we needed the funds if the must accomplish list could
be accomplished, we were told the head count was not high enough.  They
gave us a different list of must accomplish.  We did the same
preparation.  We came back and were told to wait.
Needless to say the school year is well under way.  We have parts on
order and people asking us why we insist on being reactive instead of
proactive.  At least now we have our list to point to as we walk away.
All of my no cost proactive list still happens.  Most of that involves
staying on the people who do the head counts and attendance.
At least you have company!
Jesus Loves You

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From: windows2000-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:windows2000-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Andrew Shriner
Sent: Thursday, December 02, 2004 11:14 AM
To: windows2000@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [windows2000] Proactivity

Does anyone here (besides me) work in an educational/K-12 setting?
Namely, public education...

My boss just sent an agenda out for a meeting, and the biggest part of
it is determining how to be proactive about a lot of things around the
district... while that's not a bad idea, I'm wondering how he's planning
on pulling that off, when every knowledgeable person in my department
has enough of a workload for three people. Going beyond that, I've
worked with most of the other school districts in our area, and none of
them appear to be proactive at all... and employees that I've spoken to
in other districts agree.

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