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Dirty Work vs. Important Work

May 18, 2012

One of the issues that I often think about is how important a leader’s actions are in expressing their values and to a larger extent the values of an organization.  One of my core values is to never ask someone to do a task that I would not be willing to do myself.  I have expressed this philosophy to others, and for the most part – the Administration at Saline Area Schools share this philosophy.

Lately, I have been wondering how to balance the “dirty work” that goes along with any job with the “important work” that needs to take place in order for the organization to improve.  As with most things in life, this balance is essential for success.  Too much of one and the organization can quickly get out of balance.  Honoring your values and walking the walk is critical.  However, finding and keeping the time to build and foster systemic improvements is equally important.

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