Re: Weasels Lurking
Mike Walton ("settummanque,)
Thu, 16 Oct 1997 02:46:56 -0500
>On the other hand, there are many councils and districts that are not
>online and may not get information as quickly as it wings its way
>around cyberspace. I've heard a lot of frustrated professional staff
>complain about Scouts-L and such because 20 people will come to them
>asking about a merit badge scheduled to be released in a year which
>they have yet to hear about. I would encourage a bit of reserve in
>bringing such issues up.
Those "frustrated professional staff" are complaining, Jon, because we are
MAKING THEM "PREPARE ENTIRE MEALS" instead of "spoonfeeding us" what they
feel "we should have". We're making them work for their monies, and making
them more responsive to us volunteers and their fellow professionals in
>From what I've read and talked with a lot of professionals, it has also made
them more responsive to those that ARE NOT "online", which makes them look a
lot better and more "professional" to their field directors/Scout Executives
and to the public at large. They don't know for sure "which folks are
online" and which aren't, so they're job performance is liable to be a lot
better (and the BSA at least, have stated to their field executives that job
performance has increased overall in 1996 than in the past two years).
In the past, before this list and the many others, the ONLY way we got any
information about upcoming programming, ideas, new literature, or even ideas
that can be "exported" from Council to Council is to spend a lot of money,
go to every event outside of our Council, and hope that we've met the "right
people" to share that information with us. Our professionals get that
information...they get information every week, but as I've wrote here
before, only a good 40 percent of it ever leave the Service Center and 20 of
it gets to us because WE GO THERE and request it, not because they are doing
what they are supposed to do and "distribute it".
But its NOT just the pros.....there's a LOT of professionals out there that
do a great job of distributing information to their volunteer
committeemembers, and those men and women decide to keep their hands on that
information to "build their power base". Wanna know about the latest in
training?? Go to the training chair, but get on his "good side" or you won't
get nothing. Wanna know about the newest way to get Tiger Cubs enrolled??
Talk with the Tiger Cub Commissioner for the District...but if you don't
agree to work on his committee, you don't get anything but a lot of "I'll
get back with you".
This list, Jon, has narrowed that gap between what our professionals and
senior volunteers get from National, their Region, and nearby Councils and
what we "out in the field" need to know and would like to know to do our
jobs better. If we are little "rambunchous" about wanting to know something
that our pros SHOULD be aware of (if they read like they're supposed to, the
stuff that National invested money to send to THEM), they should "be
prepared" to either "put up" and give us to the best of their ability, their
best efforts and abilities.....or "shut up" and either leave the profession
and work retail or outside sales or find someone in their Council that CAN
answer your questions.
Or to call National or their Regional offices, like they are supposed to do
when they "get stuck" in answering a question from a volunteer or wanting
more clarification about a program support item. There's an entire Council
Support Division at National that's geared to provide that help to the field!
Councils hire career executives to manage and adminster the program on
behalf of all of us that have "real jobs" to do everyday. We do our part
by becoming trained, by taking an active interest in what we do and how we
relate to others, and by taking the time to work with as many folks as it
takes to "get the job done and keep the group together". Our professional
cadre, through this list (and the many others that have spun off from this
one!) received a "massive Big Ben wakeup call" four or five years ago that
"Hey! We now have some access to a lot of the things you have had around
for years....you'd better start "coming clean" with us because we now EXPECT
MORE FROM YOU."
As long as we do OUR PART, we should *expect* the same from our
professionals and professional-technical people in our Council offices.
And for the most part, we have.
(c) 1997 Mike Walton ("no such thing as strong coffee,...") (502) 827-9201
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