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Keep the Main Thing the Main Thing–administration and leadership–newsletter article September 2012

The Office and Beyond…

 

Learning Leadership Together: 

Keep the Main Thing the Main Thing

Last issue I wrote that four of us in a supervisor or coordinator role had a leadership training session with a member who leads a branch of Express Employment Professionals.

After we learned of the positive results of the UUSS staff survey, we discussed principles of good performance.  Ed quoted this management wisdom:  “Remember to keep ‘the main thing’ the main thing.”  The four of us at the workshop then wrote our separate answers to the question:  What is the ‘main thing’ for us as staff at UUSS?

Each answer echoed all the others in various forms:  We are here to serve the congregation.  It was heartening to see we were on the same page, but not surprising.

At the top of our biweekly meeting agenda are these words:  “UUSS seeks to promote an environment in which ministers and staff support one another as members of a team whose primary purpose is serving, supporting and encouraging the members and volunteers.”

I am grateful to work with our dedicated, talented, and flexible staff team!

Perhaps you might consider your leadership roles, or your work, family or community life, and ask yourself:  What is the main thing?

 

 

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