Re: BSA on the Net
Rodger Morris (rodger@FISHNET.NET)
Sun, 3 Sep 1995 10:31:30 GMT
>It might be appropriate the remind the headquarters folks as to who
>works for who... The 'little generals' have modeled
>themselves after the pentagon and corporate structure and now feel
>they have the imperative to tell us what they will or will not do.
Actually, the BSA volunteer and professional hierarchy structured itself
based upon the best managerial theories available at the time it came
into existence. If the BSA modeled itself on any one organization, that
organization was IBM, and not the Pentagon. The BSA's organizational
structure predates the Pentagon by a decade or more.
Part of current managerial theory is "flattening the managerial pyramid."
The BSA is starting this process, however, it lags behind private
industry, as the BSA does not have a profit line, per se, nor does it
market physical goods. Thus, it is difficult to objectively measure
the success or failure of the BSA's programs and of the professionals
hired to adminster and foster these programs.
The BSA markets intangibles; "character, citizenship, and personal fitness",
et al. A tangible indicator of the BSA's relative health is the percentage
of youth that are in the program. This varies, based upon many factors
that are not amenable to direct control by the professional staff at any
level within the BSA.
Even the fundraising process is beyond the direct control of the
professionals in the BSA. But, since adequate funding of the program
is necessary for the program to flourish, the professionals' careers
live or die in large part because of the success or failure of
fundraising in their areas.
The _only_ thing over which the BSA's professional staff has direct
control is the flow of information. Many, if not most of them, are
loathe to relinquish control of that flow, even partially. Hence,
the current dithering by the BSA national office over whether or not
to utilize the Internet, and how best to do so.
The best way to postpone making a decision is to study the issue
to death, and the BSA does this very well indeed.....
Yours in Scouting,
Rodger Morris <email@example.com>
Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 852, Camarillo, CA
Ventura County Council, Boy Scouts of America
National Woodbadge 416-18, Philmont, 1973
"I used to be a Beaver..."
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City