leader-roundtable-studer-educationWe could all use some extra hours in the day.  At Studer Education, as we work with leaders around the country, we are frequently asked for time management tips.  Our Studer Education team has learned that process improvement is the most effective time-saver.

When you take a moment to think about the tasks and responsibilities that consume your time, you might also find yourself thinking, “There has to be a better way.”  The good news: there probably is a better way. The first step in successful process improvement is to realize and identify the process in need of improvement. High-performing leaders then engage key process stakeholders to define improvements that will achieve the same outcome while saving time. By connecting you to the work of our partners, we highlight two processes that save time and help you get the work completed in an efficient and effective way.

  • Stoughton Area School District (WI) leaders have adopted an efficient process for engaging new employees in 30 and 90 day conversations. The forms utilized and pre-determined schedule provide leaders with a structured and protected time to re-recruit and connect with new hires, which helps save time in the end.
  • The CESA #9 process of organizing each meeting with an Evidence-Based Leadership agenda creates a streamlined model for communicating expectations and maintaining alignment.  This approach not only drives the work of the leadership team, but also helps reduce the need for course-correction around essential pillars and priorities.

As you reflect on processes in your district, consider where leaders might find time through process improvement.  How much time could you win back if your department modified one process this year?  Select one from our partner examples or one that aligns to your immediate needs. Improve a process and save valuable time.

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Today’s post by Dr. Janet Pilcher, Executive Leader and Managing Director of Studer Education. Subscribe to Studer Education’s Leadership Development Newsletter here. Learn more about process and continuous improvement practices by attending Studer Education’s What’s Right in Education for cross-district leadership teams or Destination High Performance for executive leaders by emailing Erica at Erica.Callaway@StuderEducation.com or Ryan at Ryan.Hess@StuderEducation.com.

Studer Education partners with education systems to achieve measurable results that produce positive outcomes in student achievement, employee engagement, support services, and financial efficiencies and productivity. The goal of our work with school districts and executive leaders is to provide students with a great place to learn, teachers with a great place to teach, and parents with confidence that their children are getting a great education. Visit us online at http://studereducation.com. Studer Education is a division of Studer Group and a recipient of the 2010 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

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