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Don’t Buck it, Bend it… Using your school system to increase your influence, to create the working environment you desire....
BUCK <ul><li>To resist obstinately;  object strongly to. </li></ul>
BEND <ul><li>To turn in a  </li></ul><ul><li>particular direction </li></ul>
INFLUENCE <ul><li>The power of producing effects  </li></ul><ul><li>by invisible or insensible means. </li></ul>
Make every relationship intentional. Every relationship is vital Every relationship is an investment
Building relationships <ul><li>Be forgiving and flexible </li></ul><ul><li>Each relationship is unique </li></ul><ul><li>C...
How it works <ul><li>“ You can get everything in life you want if you help enough other people get what they want.” Zig Zi...
Who? <ul><li>Make an effort to know everyone in your school  </li></ul><ul><li>Every person has a job to do and every pers...
How? <ul><li>Make an effort to know the people you work with…. </li></ul><ul><li>Know their names </li></ul><ul><li>Ask th...
Increasing the credits.. <ul><li>Be nice </li></ul><ul><li>Find the needs of people. </li></ul><ul><li>Fill the needs wher...
Parents and students can be your  greatest allies.. <ul><li>Invite parents to become members, hold meetings, help. </li></...
The Students…why we exist… <ul><li>Students loving the library = parents loving the library </li></ul><ul><li>Hold volunte...
Administration Staff <ul><li>They have resources you need </li></ul><ul><li>They have influence over what and how fast you...
Teaching staff <ul><li>Build allies </li></ul><ul><li>Be on committees outside the library </li></ul><ul><li>Be seen outsi...
Your Principal – an ally <ul><li>Keep them informed of the library happenings and agenda </li></ul><ul><li>Ask for their i...
The school as a community <ul><li>Is your library a showcase for learning? </li></ul><ul><li>Is your library the centre of...
Personal Attributes <ul><li>Be enthusiastic </li></ul><ul><li>Have a passion </li></ul><ul><li>Be creative in problem solv...
Is it worth…. <ul><li>the extra work? </li></ul><ul><li>the extra responsibility? </li></ul><ul><li>the extra stress? </li...
 
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  1. 1. Don’t Buck it, Bend it… Using your school system to increase your influence, to create the working environment you desire. Dianne McKenzie MAppSc.TL Presentation for IASL 2003 Conference. Durban. South Africa
  2. 2. BUCK <ul><li>To resist obstinately; object strongly to. </li></ul>
  3. 3. BEND <ul><li>To turn in a </li></ul><ul><li>particular direction </li></ul>
  4. 4. INFLUENCE <ul><li>The power of producing effects </li></ul><ul><li>by invisible or insensible means. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Make every relationship intentional. Every relationship is vital Every relationship is an investment
  6. 6. Building relationships <ul><li>Be forgiving and flexible </li></ul><ul><li>Each relationship is unique </li></ul><ul><li>Connect on an emotional level </li></ul><ul><li>Damage control is important </li></ul><ul><li>Follow up on ideas and thoughts </li></ul>
  7. 7. How it works <ul><li>“ You can get everything in life you want if you help enough other people get what they want.” Zig Ziglar </li></ul><ul><li>Theory of reciprocity – Hartzell </li></ul><ul><li>Law of indirect return - Bonanno </li></ul>
  8. 8. Who? <ul><li>Make an effort to know everyone in your school </li></ul><ul><li>Every person has a job to do and every person will affect how you can perform your job in some way. </li></ul>
  9. 9. How? <ul><li>Make an effort to know the people you work with…. </li></ul><ul><li>Know their names </li></ul><ul><li>Ask them about themselves </li></ul><ul><li>Remember what they tell you </li></ul><ul><li>Greet them </li></ul><ul><li>Thank them for the small jobs they do for you </li></ul><ul><li>Compliment them wherever possible </li></ul>
  10. 10. Increasing the credits.. <ul><li>Be nice </li></ul><ul><li>Find the needs of people. </li></ul><ul><li>Fill the needs where you can </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrate support where you can </li></ul><ul><li>Socialise with those you work with </li></ul>
  11. 11. Parents and students can be your greatest allies.. <ul><li>Invite parents to become members, hold meetings, help. </li></ul><ul><li>Run workshops on skills they want to learn. </li></ul><ul><li>Be accessible, communicate. </li></ul><ul><li>Have a parents collection. </li></ul>
  12. 12. The Students…why we exist… <ul><li>Students loving the library = parents loving the library </li></ul><ul><li>Hold volunteer programs, special events, mini classes, make them want to come to the library. </li></ul><ul><li>Make the library a </li></ul><ul><li>place of learning. </li></ul><ul><li>Individual attention </li></ul><ul><li>makes a difference </li></ul>
  13. 13. Administration Staff <ul><li>They have resources you need </li></ul><ul><li>They have influence over what and how fast your requests are processed </li></ul><ul><li>They have a circle of influence </li></ul>
  14. 14. Teaching staff <ul><li>Build allies </li></ul><ul><li>Be on committees outside the library </li></ul><ul><li>Be seen outside your role </li></ul><ul><li>Staff development </li></ul><ul><li>Supply a service which is timely </li></ul><ul><li>Target your resources </li></ul><ul><li>Communicate </li></ul>
  15. 15. Your Principal – an ally <ul><li>Keep them informed of the library happenings and agenda </li></ul><ul><li>Ask for their input – make it personal and professional </li></ul><ul><li>Follow correct protocols </li></ul><ul><li>Engage the principals attention </li></ul><ul><li>Anticipate their information needs </li></ul><ul><li>Be reliable and credible </li></ul>
  16. 16. The school as a community <ul><li>Is your library a showcase for learning? </li></ul><ul><li>Is your library the centre of the school? </li></ul><ul><li>Are you contributing to the overall wellbeing of the school? </li></ul><ul><li>Are you participating in whole school events? </li></ul>
  17. 17. Personal Attributes <ul><li>Be enthusiastic </li></ul><ul><li>Have a passion </li></ul><ul><li>Be creative in problem solving </li></ul><ul><li>Strive for integrity </li></ul><ul><li>Be flexible </li></ul><ul><li>Be assertive – not aggressive </li></ul><ul><li>Be innovative </li></ul><ul><li>Be proactive </li></ul><ul><li>Take responsibility </li></ul>
  18. 18. Is it worth…. <ul><li>the extra work? </li></ul><ul><li>the extra responsibility? </li></ul><ul><li>the extra stress? </li></ul>

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