The final frenzy of activity
At this point in the year, your school is racing to fit in everything possible before the holiday break. Faculty members are preparing for the last minute assignments. College office is maxed-out. The Admissions office is ramping up for the flood of applications. Development is calculating what pledges have (or haven't) been made. The business office is also likely wrapping up some audit functions.
Many leaders and managers are also figuring out what is the appropriate holiday gift to give their teams.
This is also the time in many schools when the annual performance review process kicks-off. Your HR Director has probably recently distributed criteria and guidelines for conducting performance reviews.
There’s a pretty good chance that these guidelines were received with as much appreciation as a lump of coal in your stocking. However, what might be perceived as a negative can actually be a positive with the right perspective. After all, what’s the difference between a lump of coal and a diamond? The only difference is pressure and time.