Avoiding Burnout: A Principal's Guide to Keeping the Fire Alive

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Overview

Best-selling authors, Brock and Grady, turn their expert attention to administrator burnout and how to overcome it, including practical information on stress triggers and response mechanisms.

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Editorial Reviews

Kaye L. Peery
"As I read this book, I found aspects of myself—my personal and professional behavior—on almost every page! I was able to put the coping strategies in the book to immediate use with little effort and great results! A must when our time is so limited."
Ron Joekel
"School leaders are subjected to stress in all aspects of their work. Brock and Grady present a realistic approach to dealing with stress that can benefit every school leader."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761978060
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 5/16/2002
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara L. Brock is a professor of education at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.She has held a variety of positions in education, including education department chair, director of school administration, elementary principal, and K-12 teacher.She presents nationally and internationally on topics of beginning teacher induction, leadership succession, teacher and principal burnout, and educators with disabilities.She is coauthor with Marilyn Grady of Principals in Transition: Tips for Surviving Succession, From First-Year to First-Rate: Principals Guiding New Teachers, Rekindling the Flame: Principals Combating Teacher Burnout, Avoiding Burnout: A Principal’s Guide to Keeping the Fire Alive, and Launching Your First Principalship.She has published in a number of journals, including The Journal of the Mid-Western Research Association, Educational Considerations, Connections, Clearinghouse, and Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice. She received her bachelor of arts degree in art education from Briar Cliff University, a master of arts with a specialty in school administration from Creighton University, and a doctorate in administration, curriculum, and instruction from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Marilyn L. Grady, is professor of educational administration at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). She is the author or coauthor of 23 books, including From Difficult Teachers to Dynamic Teamwork (2009) with Brock, Getting it Right from the Start (2009) with Kostelnik From First Year to First Rate (2007) with Brock, 194 High-Impact Letters for Busy Principals (2006), 20 Biggest Mistakes Principals Make and How to Avoid Them (2004) and Launching Your First Principalship (2004) with Brock. Her research areas include leadership, the principalship, and superintendent-board relations. She has more than 175 publications to her credit. She is the editor of the Journal of Women in Educational Leadership. Her editorial board service has included Educational Administration Quarterly, International Studies in Educational Administration, International Journal of Learning, Rural Educator, Journal of At-Risk Issues, Journal of School Leadership, Advancing Women in Leadership On-Line Journal, Journal for Rural School and Community Renewal, International Journal of Learning, and Journal for a Just and Caring Education. She is the recipient of the Stanley Brzezinski Research Award, NCPEA’s Living Legend Award, the Donald R. and Mary Lee Swanson Award for Teaching Excellence, UNL’s Distinguished Teaching Award, and UNL’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Status of Women.

Grady coordinates an annual conference on women in educational leadership that attracts national attendance and is in its 24th year. She has been an administrator in K-12 schools as well as at the college and university levels. She received her bachelor’s degree in history from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana, and her doctorate in educational administration with a specialty in leadership from The Ohio State University.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
About the Authors
1. Meeting the Dragon: Getting Acquainted
Good and Bad Stress: A Matter of Perception
Stress Tolerance
Common Sources of Stress
Normal Stress
The Burnout Syndrome
Burnout and Rustout
Summary
2. Provoking the Dragon: Stress Triggers
Internally Generated Stress
The Contributions of Gender to Stress
Ethnicity and Stress
Workplace Factors
Summary
3. Confronting the Dragon Within: Mental Restructuring
Planning for Life's Journey
Charting a Course
Getting Rid of Perfectionism
Slowing the Pace
Adjusting the Lens
Discarding Trivial Stressors
Putting Worries in Perspective
Focusing on Success
Summary
4. Housebreaking the Dragon: Altering Personal Behaviors
Taking Care of Yourself: Health and Spirituality
Feeding the Spirit
Sharing Time With Friends
Maintaining Good Health
Summary
5. Harnessing the Power: Capitalizing on Work Stress
Recognizing Excess Stress
Adapt to the Setting
Laugh and Encourage Laughter
Summary
6. Shrinking the Dragon: Using Time Effectively
The Time Crunch
Work Overload
Train Office Staff
Do Important Things First
One Bite at a Time
Summary
7. When You're the Dragon: Learning People Skills
A People Business
Personal Power
Develop Communication Skills
Conflict
Summary
8. Changing Dragons: Career Renewal
Career Stress
Professional Renewal
Revising a Career
Changing Careers
Summary
9. Making Friends With the Dragon: Taking Care of Yourself
Realizing Your Importance
Summary
Resource A: Responses to Stress
Resource B: Realities and Possibilities
Resource C: Stress Reduction—An Outline for Personal Change
Resource D: Model Action Plan
References

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