Re: Passing the torch
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Sat, 4 Nov 1995 22:55:18 -0500
Passing the torch of leadership can be fairly painless and easy provided
that both of you develop a clear understanding of who is responsible for
what and keep your communications open and honest. I would recommend
that when this new leader comes onboard in the Spring that you sit down
with him and the Committee Chairman and work out a transition program:
* What will his/her interim position be? ASM, Lead ASM, other? You will
need committee backing for the change and it might as well start here.
* What will his/her initial duties be?
* In what areas will he/she act as your shadow (observing)?
* What responsibilities will be transferred and when? Below is a
schedule that can be expanded or contracted. Ideally there should be
about six months for the new leader to get a good grounding in the
Troop's operations and the personalities. Beyond six months and you are
asking for Trouble unless the individual wants more time.
** Months 1-2 Shadow and SM Fundamentals
** Month 3 Above + Assists PLC in planning under supervision
** Month 4 Above + Leader-in-Charge at Activities/Campouts
** Month 5 Above + Attends Committee Meetings/Roundtables
and SM Conferences
** Month 6 Above + And all other duties
** Month 7 You retire and pass on the Badge of Office
* When will he/she become the SM? You should have a clearly planned
target date for shifting over. This will prevent confusion and avoid
misperceptions later. You can always adjust this date later, but helps
keep the process moving.
* Make clear from the onset that one of the essentials of good
leaderships is constant evaluation and that you will give monthly evals.
Your evals should be focused on what went right with many compliments and
a few pointers for things that really needed improvement, but not just
nits. Allow for different methods/approachs - each of us is different and
what works for you many not work for George or Nancy.
* When its time to go - go! Don't be this unit's commissioner either.
Instead use your expertise to help other units where you can step back
and see everything in perspective. You can't have detached unbiased
judgment looking at "your" old unit, cause it just won't be the same or
as good as when you were doing it. Be a UC for another unit and share
your successes there.
Speaking only for myself in the Scouting Spirit, Michael F. Bowman
DDC-Training, GW Dist. Nat Capital Area Council mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG
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