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General Chat Thread, Do your SMT (Senior Management team) listen to you? in General; Yes, very much so. It has taken time but I totally believe that they have faith in me and do ...
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    Yes, very much so.

    It has taken time but I totally believe that they have faith in me and do listen to me.

    the best advice is never bullshit about anything, if you are not sure tell them that you will be looking into it and also talking to other school is a great talking point to show you really understand what a school needs.

    as mentioned leave the technobabble down to a min and draw on examples where what you are proposing has been used and show them that is has worked and if it is a bad example tell them WHY, as long as you are honest, open and have every answer that you think will be thrown at you.

    and don't be a yes person. the amount of respect you can get from a well worded "no" is quite impressive.

    hope that helped.

    Tony

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    Yep, they listen to me, this is due to

    1. Partly due we're a good team and get things done and
    2. Partly due to our predecessors and the mess they did...

    Hence they see for themselves the improvements. We always give 3 options:

    1. Cheap & nasty
    2. Average & OK
    3. Expensive & excellent

    Give pro's and con's, also running costs. Most of the time we always end up with the go ahead for the average costs, which suits us fine. The prices we base any project on would be web prices, once we've been given the go ahead, we then start negotiating with our suppliers.

    -Ken

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    They do when they want to!

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    Same as Friez. Generally, as a group, they do. Certain individuals have selective hearing sometimes or just plain ignore us.

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    Why do you get air con and I dont??? LOL

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    As much as a 'no' is often needed you can come across negative if used to often. Try using the line of 'it may technically be possible but a) increases workload 50% meaning we can't do other things b) will cost 50% more than we have or c) having looked at other schools who have done / tried similar it has had minimal educational impact. Backing the last one up with evidence will be the thing that gets you most respect in my experience.

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