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At the end of Week 7

August 31, 2010

Thoughts on Topic 6 – Management Implications


Why didn’t I take the advice in the modules and read this topic earlier?  I saw the feedback from previous cohorts, i.e. that it’s really useful to look at Covey in particular before attempting anything else in this course.  But, before I’d even begun, time defeated me!  I wonder what that says about my time management skills?

As a busy person, who often finds myself rushing about, I was particularly heartened to read a chapter, Principles of Personal Management,  from Stephen Covey’s book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.  (As an ex-bookseller, this was something that I’d sold many copies of, but had never read).  I was interested to read that the non-urgent activities in Covey’s Quadrant II, (where strategic planning and other crucial thinking is done) are the most likely to ‘fall by the wayside’ in the lives of many busy managers. 

Therefore, many mangers lurch from emergency to crisis to deadline and back again with no sense of the ‘bigger picture’ of their working lives.  I think it’s tempting as a teacher (and potential TL) to get caught up with doing a lot of things that don’t really matter.  As a classroom teacher, this is often unavoidable, as timetables and other work patterns are usually imposed, rather than negotiated.  However, TLs, with administrative time at their disposal, must ensure that they use their time productively.  Covey reminds us that this time is often best spent in Quadrant II, simply thinking and planning, rather than rushing about, catching up with correspondence (emails) and ‘putting out fires’.



Covey, S. (1990).  The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.  New York:  Simon & Schuster.

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