ERIC Number: EJ793481
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Reference Count: 6
Is Managing by Wandering around Still Relevant?
Buckner, Terrie M.
Exchange: The Early Childhood Leaders' Magazine Since 1978, n181 p86-88 May-Jun 2008
Administrators sometimes let themselves get locked into the "front end" of their buildings. There are phone calls to take, emails to answer, payments to post, and events to plan. It's easy to find the day coming to a close and they haven't even taken time to grab lunch or venture beyond the lobby of the building. In this article, the author recommends "Management By Wandering Around" (MBWA) to center administrators. The idea behind the MBWA philosophy is quite simple. Effective managers know what is happening in their organizations; they are "in touch" with the staff, customers, and the workplace. Rather than isolating themselves in an office away from the people, managers purposefully and consciously make time to wander through their organizations to talk with others and to discover things that might help improve the organization's operations. It is this practice that makes leadership more effective in many well run organizations, both large and small.
Descriptors: Employees, Administration, Administrator Role, Leadership, Administrator Behavior, Interpersonal Relationship, Child Care Centers
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
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