Re: SPL Motivation (long)
Derleth, Michael (mderleth@CZN.COM)
Thu, 14 Nov 1996 11:52:25 -0500
William Nest asks how to maintain the motivation of SPL's
who tend to loose the spark a few months into the job.
Your SPL's 'reality check' and resulting lack of motivation
is probably caused by one of two factors:
1. The many responsibilities of the job have him buried
and drowning in details he can't keep up with.
--In this case, moral support, ideas to help organize
and special emphasis on helping the SPL delegate tasks.
--Help your SPL avoid the mistake of delegating a task,
seeing the person it was delegated to NOT do anything,
and then (the SPL) taking the task back. Show him how
to manage this without re-assuming the job.
--It's also good to insure the SPL is getting the
support he needs from the PLC/others. After all -THEY-
(The Scouts on the PLC) helped elect him.
2. The SPL could also have run for office viewing it as
a "power trip" or "Boss-Employee" arrangement instead
of a cooperative relationship. Thus, when he runs into
resistance and finds out the job isn't what was expected
he bails out.
--This can be helped with some training on leadership
and how to "pull" people along with him instead of
"pushing" the scouts in a certain direction.
Maybe a 5 min. discussion after each meeting to review
what the SPL thought went well, and discuss how what didn't
could be improved would help. This also sends the signal that
leadership is a constant learning experience, and that you
are in this with him.
A "natural" SPL simply means someone has already "trained"
and guided him. Either way, a good SPL is great to have.
ASM T3, Ouachita Valley Council Roundtable Commissioner
Eagle Scout, Buffalo EC-424, Staffer SR-177.
Vancouver, WA MDerleth@CZN.COM
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