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10 High-Impact Strategies & 'How To' Guides, Daily Planning Guide, & Deficit vs. Asset-Based Language in Math Chart
What can you do when you have too much on your plate, work is stressing you out, or your overall job satisfaction is low? Maybe the planning template for your math lessons is WAY too long or the requirements for student work analysis feels like busy work. Beyond complaining to a friend or fellow educator (which may help you feel better in the short term, but doesn’t *actually* change your reality), how can you take action to create a situation that is manageable? In this episode of The Mindful Math Podcast, Marissa Geist shares how ‘managing up’ can open the lines of communication, help you reset expectations with your boss, and own your own destiny at work. Whether you report to an instructional coach, assistant principal or principal, or superintendent, this skill will help you advocate for what you need in order to achieve greater work-life balance.
Summary & Highlights: 
In this episode, Chrissy interviews her older sister, Marissa Geist, the Chief Operating Officer at Cielo,which is an outsourcing company for hiring. In this role, she’s gained expertise in the area of people management, both as an employee and as a manager of people herself. In their conversation, Marissa shares:
  • what it means to ‘manage up’ and what it’s NOT 
  • why managing up is a valuable skill to develop and how it can set you up for success no matter where you are on your career path
  • 3 key principles to follow when managing up: (1) You can’t manage up if you’re super emotional. You have to manage yourself before you manage anyone else. (2) You have to have a point of view and at least one possible solution. (3) Supportive bosses can be easier to manage up, and bosses ‘behaving badly’ are typically harder to manage up.
  • questions to ask yourself to prepare for a conversation with your boss: What is my boss thinking? Where are they coming from? Where did this idea come from? Was it their idea? What is the intent? Can you help me understand the thinking behind this process / requirement?
  • the role of mindset, including why it’s helpful to understand the other person’s perspective and exercise empathy
  • ​why it’s important to provide feedback to your boss, particular if he/she is an emerging leader
  • ​mistakes she made as an inexperienced, ambitious leader, and changes she’s made to open the lines of communication with her direct-reports
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link - by Chrissy Allison