I think my background in the business world gives me a different perspective. In the business world, if you miss deadlines without a verifiable excuse, you don't have a job. Therefore, my mindset is that when an admin gives me a deadline, I have to meet it. I can honestly say that in 5 years of teaching, I have missed one deadline. My husband was having major surgery, and my boss asked for an emailed "wish list." I missed it. I wasn't the only teacher who missed it, however. Our P drove it home, though - the 2 people (small staff) who did send lists (one was HUGE) got everything on their lists, and the rest of us got nothing! The way I figure it, if for no other reason than karma, if I want people to respond in a reasonable amount of time to my requests, then I need to do the same. I have coworkers, however, who do NOT feel the same "sense of urgency," regarding these requests.