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There are more things we do with children, but let’s take the preceding list and
see how it can be applied to adults. As a supervisor, you can use the skills you
use with children to coach and guide adults. In fact, your experience in the
classroom gives you an edge that other professionals don’t have as they move
up the ladder. You can guide adults by:
i Developing an individual relationship with each staff member.
i Assessing and recognizing a staff member’s current skills and giving
her opportunities to enhance and develop new skills.
i Providing a specific job description and clear expectations for the
i Listening to a staff member’s feelings of accomplishment, anger,
or frustration, but expecting a solution-oriented attitude and
i Helping the staff member resolve conﬂict with others.
i Redirecting and coaching a staff member to be more successful.
i Delegating tasks to a staff member that give her more opportunities
to be self-suﬃ cient.
Isn’t it amazing how so many of the goals we have for children are the same as
those for adults? Of course, with adults we expect greater accountability and
responsibility. So you see, you have the skills to get started as a supervisor;
you just need to apply them.