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nugget   noun
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Definition of nugget

TIDBIT sense 2
//nuggets of wisdom

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PUBLIC RELATIONS

Always return phone calls and respond to emails within 24 hours, even if your assistant acknowledges them and promises a response. Anyone you ignore is sure to draw conclusions that won't enhance your professional image.

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Thank-you notes go a long way.

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Promptly admit mistakes, apologize and promise to do better.  It's risky to ignore or mislead critics because they may perceive you as arrogant, be offended or even provoked to take the issue further.

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BUDGET & OPERATIONS

No matter what the size of your district, it's wise to occasionally compare staff absent reports with actual attendance. It's not unusual for principals to take the liberty of awarding paid leave as a favor or reward without proper authorization.

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BOARD

Make a concerted effort to give every board member the same information and the same amount of attention. Even the appearance of playing favorites often breeds resentment and distrust and can lead to even bigger problems.

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Remember that every meeting with your board is a performance evaluation.

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LEADERSHIP &MANAGEMENT

Dealing with emails at scheduled times each day actually saves time, keeps you on track and even reduces stress.

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Mistakes and problems happen. What counts is how you handle them.

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When you plan, start at the end and work backward.

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CAREER

Simply hoping for a fair and accurate evaluation by the board is foolish and frequently results in disappointment.  Learn more in Performance Evaluation!

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It is a big mistake to assume that, because you know the answers, you'll be able to clearly articulate them in an interview. Learn how to compete with the best in Career Move.

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When you plan, start at the end and work backward.

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