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Hardest Job in America

by Mawi on March 20, 2013

Imagine a job where:

  • You work 85 hours a week and you have a capped salary.
  • You have to hire, fire, manage, and mediate between 100 employees.
  • Your employees often have tremendous internal strife.
  • You are held accountable for results even though you have very significant constraints on how you can manage your employees.
  • You have thousands of customers that come in your facility every day for 8+ hours, and you are responsible for their safety and productivity. Some of your customers are erratic and prone to unpredictable behavior.
  • Some of your customers have very vocal advocates who fight aggressively to protect their customer’s interests. The advocates consistently pressure you to give their customer special consideration, regardless of your organization’s policies.
  • You have two sets of bosses: a board of directors and a management team. The board and management team consistently send directives your way and expect you to comply regardless of what your staff or customers think. You can be fired at any time if the board or management team shifts against you. There is constant turnover among the board and management team.
  • The board and management team is greatly influenced by a very active community, and if you do not keep the community happy, you will likely lose your job, and at the least have to answer angry phone calls on a daily basis.
  • You are expected to have high emotional intelligence, strong management skills, crisis management skills, and deep industry knowledge in a multitude of subjects.
  • Your budget has been cut by 25% over the last four years.

Welcome to being a school principal…

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1 Reed & Kathy Callahan March 20, 2013 at 8:41 am

Thank you.
You have put our son’s job description out in a new imagery for us to understand.
Kathy & Reed

2 Mawi March 20, 2013 at 8:54 am

You are welcome! It’s an incredibly rewarding job, but equally challenging – give your son a hug next time you see him!

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