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



May 2002 | 160 pages | Corwin
`As I read this book, I found aspects of myself-my personal and professional behaviour-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' - Kaye L Peery, Administrator

Springer Municipal Schools Springer, NM

`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' -

Ron Joekel, Executive Director Emeritus Phi Delta Kappa International

Much has been written on teacher stress and how to cope with it . . . but now best-selling authors Barbara L Brock and Marilyn L Grady turn their expert attention to administrator burnout in this unique and powerful new "how-to" book.

Avoiding Burnout presents real-world success stories from individual school administrators across the country. How do they handle stress and burnout? What can be learned from their individual challenges and solutions? Principals at all levels will learn a great deal about:

The nature of stress

Stress triggers and response mechanisms

Capitalizing on work stress

Effective time management and interpersonal skills

Career renewal

Caring for yourself

. . . including a set of comprehensive resources that offer additional tools for self-assessment and taking action.

A unique and useful new guide that offers school leaders at all levels an important opportunity for professional development and personal reflection.


 
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

 "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."

Kaye L. Peery, Administrator
Springer Municipal Schools

 "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."

Ron Joekel, Executive Director Emeritus
Phi Delta Kappa International

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