I had a run in with a unit this week, that to tell you the truth, REALLY ticked me off. It all stemmed around this particular person’s opinion about the LDS Church and its relationship with Scouting. According to this person, things would only get better with Scouting and the LDS Church, once the Church decided to pull out of Scouting.
Now, I know this isn’t a onetime occurrence, and there are probably many who feel the same way this person does; but if I might be so bold. Those people who think that way haven’t got clue one, why the LDS Church is even in Scouting, in the first place.
That is the angry upset side of me speaking, the more logical side would argue 3 points to counter this well intended member’s opinion. Continue reading “WHY the LDS Church is in Scouting”
How is your Unit doing?
Question. If you were lost and didn’t know how to get to your desired destination, what would you do? (By the way, there is no GPS, compass, or cell phones with a map app.) What if someone gave you a map that would help you figure out where you were, show you where your destination was, and then laid out a plan for you to get from point A to point B?
What would you say if I told you that there is a road map for your unit that would help your unit be successful? Would you be interested? Would you care? Would you use it?
What does success look like? How do we know that the program we are providing the boys is the best quality program possible? If we look, and our unit isn’t the best it can be, how do we identify the steps we need to take to improve. After all, our boy’s deserve the BEST we can offer.
The answer to all these questions is the Journey To Excellence (JTE) system. JTE is a road map and a yearly planning guide to help every unit make small and systematic improvements so that boys have the best Scouting experience possible.
Continue reading “JTE. Why?”
I am not usually one for blogging, but I have learned over the years that this is the new way people consume information. So, I thought I would try my hand at it. These are my thoughts, ideas, experiences, and challenges from within the Scouting movement. These words are mine and not the opinion of the national Boy Scouts of America, or whatever council I am currently working for.
Now, with that boring intro, on to the meat of this post. I read. A lot. Specifically, I read books on management and leadership. Call it a futile attempt at giving myself the education in business that I should have given myself when I was in college; but that is a different story for a different day. In one of the books I was recently reading, the topic was “Legacy” and what it looks like in a business setting. Think of Legacy in terms of football, and your legacy is your coaching tree. The other coaches that you develop throughout your career is what will determine your legacy in the sport. It isn’t always about the number of championships that you have one. You see this same phenomenon in basketball, baseball, and other major sports. I figure it is easier for people to conceive a sports metaphor because most of us are not as familiar with the “coaching tree” of high level executives in the Fortune 500. We don’t know what CEO trained which CEO, and which CEO spent years under the tutelage of another CEO. It just isn’t common knowledge, at least not to the lay member of society.
Continue reading “Legacy. In Scouting.”