An old Marine saying goes, ‘‘We’ve done so much with so little for so long, that I’m now convinced we can do anything with nothing at all.’’ The first part of this adage sounds a little like library automation: too little time, too little money, too little expertise. Automating library operations effectively despite these limitations is the trick. Though we may not be able to duplicate the second part of the adage, some basic management principles, modified somewhat for the library automation environment, can be used to create systems that work.
Organization, delegation, time management, and setting priorities are management principles that are discussed throughout the three sections below. Good organization, to some extent, encompasses the other three principles mentioned above. Much is written about organization at the institutional level but it is every bit as important at the individual level. Well-organized institutions maximize their measurable outputs (product or service); well-organized individuals do the same, or in common parlance, they get more done.
Who hasn’t heard the advice to delegate? Who’s followed this advice? Everyone knows you can do it better or faster yourself. But should you? Constantly evaluate daily tasks with the expressed intent of delegating them. It is highly unlikely that you will delegate yourself out of a job. Instead, you will be constantly creating a new job with all the challenges and excitement that goes along with this type of change.
Have you ever watched what a good football team can accomplish in the last two minutes of a half or game? Coaches call this the two-minute drill and the