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Posted on: August 18, 2008

Sometimes it’s easier for me to figure out what I want but figuring out what I would be like. That sentence made no sense, right. Let me put it another way. I’ve been trying to figure out what kind of supervisor I would really like to work for. However, I’m finding it easier to think of it in terms of what type of supervisor would I want to be if I were one. Make more sense?

1. Good listener – Nobody will ever deny that listening skills are necessary to supervise people. If you aren’t willing to really hear what people say, you’re probably not going to be very effective. With this though is being able to listen beyond words as well. And being able to put personal bias and reactions aside.

2. Follow through – I want to be the type of supervisor who does what she says. And if for some reason I can’t or don’t, I’d better have a really good reason.

3. Know when to lead – Depending on the group I’d supervise, I have to know when it’s imperative to step in and provide strong leadership and when it’s okay to let others take the lead. As a leader I would need to provide a strong foundation and create a productive environment for my employees.

4. Honesty and integrity – If I don’t act with both of these qualities, it’s going to be hard to expect employees to respect me. If I do something wrong or make a mistake, I need to ‘fess up and take responsibility. And you can’t expect these things out of people if you don’t have them yourself.

5. Respect – We all know it’s important to treat people with respect. I’d want my employees to know that I respect them, their contributions, and their opinions. And I’d tell them that I do. Respect should be used more as a verb and less as a noun.

These are really just the basics, but I think if I could work within them, all the other stuff that comes with supervising would fall into place. You know, when I look at the list, it’s stuff that employees should do as well. If you get these things coming from both sides, you’re likely to have a productive, generally stable workplace.

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August 2008


Mar. 10 - Photography Class

Mar. 11 - Quad Cities SnB

Mar. 12 - Lincoln Reenactor performance at BHE

Mar. 13 - Annual budget due

Mar. 14 - SnB trip to Galena

Mar. 16-21 - Spring Break

Mar. 16-18 - On the Front Lines library conference in Springfield

Mar. 19-22 - In Kansas

Mar. 23 - Orientation in Quad Cities

Mar. 24 - Photography Class

Mar. 26 - Spring Break for Academic Librarians workshop in Peoria

Mar. 27 - Supervisor Development in Quad Cities

Apr. 2 - Using Social Technologies in Library Instruction workshop

Apr. 6 - Weight Watchers

Apr. 6 - My birthday

Apr. 7 - Photography Class

Apr. 9-12 - In Kansas

Apr. 10 - College Closed

Apr. 12 - Easter

Apr. 13-19 - National Library Week

Apr. 13 - Weight Watchers

Apr. 14 - Photography Class

Apr. 16 - Evening Instruction Session

Apr. 17 - Information Literacy Summit

Apr. 18 - A Day of Books and Quilts at Toulon Public Library

Apr. 20 - Weight Watchers

Apr. 21 - Photography Class

Apr. 22 - Renegade Reference meeting in Bloomington

Apr. 23 - Illinois Library Day

Apr. 24 - Quarterly Supervisors Meeting

Apr. 27 - Weight Watchers

Apr. 28 - Photography Class

Apr. 29 - Supervisor Training in Quad Cities

May 5 - Photography Class

May 12 - National Library Legislative Day

May 25 - Memorial Day - College Closed

June 4 - RSA Users' Group meeting in Peoria

June 6 - SIL's birthday June 6 - Brother and SIL Anniversary

June 8 - Nancy Pearl at Bradley University

June 13 - WWKIP train trip to St. Louis

July 3 - Holiday - College Closed

July 4 - Independence Day

July 10 - Mom's Birthday

July 10-15 - ALA Annual Conference in Chicago

July 17-19 - Midwest Fiber & Folk Art Fair in Crystal Lake, IL

July 31 - 10th Anniversary

Sept. 7 - Labor Day, College closed

Oct. 6-9 - Illinois Library Association Annual Conference in Peoria

Nov. 23 - Brother's birthday

Nov. 26 - Thanksgiving Day, College closed

Nov. 27 - College Closed

Dec. 7 - MIL's birthday

Dec. 18 - DH's birthday

Dec. 25 - Christmas Day

Dec. 26 - Dad's birthday

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