Managing personal and organizational energy

Dennis Sparks on re·sil·ience

Dennis Sparks

Successful school leadership is as much about managing energy – both personal and organizational energy – as it is about managing tasks and people.

Without an even flow of energy throughout the day, even routine responsibilities can feel overwhelming and create stress for leaders and for those with whom they interact.

In a popular 2012 blog post, Tony Schwartz offers a number of valuable tips related to energy management of which two, in my experience, seem particularly noteworthy: (1) “Do the most important thing first in the morning, preferably without interruption, for 60 to 90 minutes, with a clear start and stop time,” and (2) “Establish regular, scheduled times to think more long term, creatively, or strategically.”

Regarding the first suggestion, he writes, “If possible, work in a private space during this period, or with sound-reducing earphones. Finally, resist every impulse to distraction, knowing that you have a designated…

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