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Dealing with Difficult People with William Parker Transformative Principal 076: This is my second interview with Will Parker. Will wrote a book called Principal Matters: the motivation, courage, action, and teamwork needed for school leadership, and so we talk about his wisdom that is contained therein. Go ahead and buy it. I...

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This is my second interview with Will Parker. Will wrote a book called Principal Matters: the motivation, courage, action, and teamwork needed for school leadership, and so we talk about his wisdom that is contained therein. Go ahead and buy it.
I interviewed Will in Episode 24 of Transformative Principal.

A little discussion about technology.
Some information on his book.
How to make decisions.
Write things down when they are still fresh so you know how to do it next time.
Write processes down now so that you have them next time.
Make a list and prioritize.
How to delegate effectively.
Importance of taking time off to recharge.
The power of good mentors.
Writing a letter of resignation.
How to live without putting out fires all the time!
Give instruction on the front end to make expectations more effective.
Great teachers teach with both sides of their brains at once.
More about KRAs (which we spoke about in Episode 24).

Part 2

Dealing with difficult people.

Make sure you are not the difficult person.
Seek to understand before being understood.
Be firm but friendly.
Change your posture or use humor when appropriate.
Agree to disagree.
Consider bringing all parties to the table.
What can I do to help you?
Sometimes it is inevitable to have difficult conversations.


Communicate privately with staff members when there is a difficulty.
Big fan of just being honest.
Talk straight with each other.
Relationships are so important for every teacher and staff member.
“It’s not an issue of me and you, it’s an issue of you and you.”
Buy his book!

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