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March 03, 2008

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Catching up Michelle - what a nice job of capturing our conversation and expanding on it in an interesting way. I do think there is some pain avoidance sometimes or cover-the-backside tasking in many workplaces. When I was a staff member for an organization and onsite every day I sometimes had a difficult time with setting priorities given there were so many interruptions and last minute requests e.g., funders needs a report or supervisor's supervisor needs a proposal - just seemed hard to set priorities. I wonder how valuable it might be in an organization to track tasks for a week and everyone analyze how they spend their time - then have a discussion about ways they can help each other with creating "learning space" within each week?

Hi LaDonna--that's a great idea! I think it would be quite instructive overall for us to see how we spend our time, as I know that when I've done that, I've been amazed at how much time I lose in basically useless tasks.

I know that a lot of schools have gone to a model of taking one afternoon per week as a professional development day. The ones I'm familiar with do it on Wednesdays, but I could also see Fridays as a potentially good time to do it, as people are tending to wind down anyway. I'd love to see the Google model of 20% of time spent on personal projects being adopted by more organizations.

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