Re: No FOS No SNS
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@USSCOUTS.ORG)
Thu, 27 Aug 1998 13:29:34 -0400
You wrote "What is it with Female DEs?" in reference to your experience
where you are being told that you've been doing everything wrong.
Because most of our professional staff are male and in key positions in
our districts, we tend to pick up more when the new person is different;
e.g. female and it leaves more of an impression I think. Maybe its
because of the difference, maybe because of stereotypes, I'm not sure.
The thing that strikes me though is that this is not a Female DE problem
and really doesn't have much to do with the person being female or a
What you are describing is very common whenever someone is new to a job,
freshly trained, and full of enthusiasm without a lot of experience.
This happens with volunteers just back from Wood Badge, new bosses at
work just back from a seminar, etc. You see the same thing at a unit
level with a leader just back from Scoutmastership Fundamentals or Cub
Scout Basic Leader Training too. It seems that when someone gets really
committed, gets pumped up from training, and then tries to apply the
training without experience to temper the enthusiasm, you often end up
with a person that wants to change everything to the way they saw
something in training without that person stopping to evaluate what
works and what really needs to be changed, if anything.
Someone on a tear like that is difficult to handle, especially if they
are "hard of hearing" :-) But if we understand this, we can focus on
helping them understand why things are done as they are, help them
through an evaluation process, and hopefully zero in on things that work
and identify things that need fix'in.
And of course, if the individual is unable to recognize the need to
moderate after a good effort, it may be time to ask his/her boss to help
give them a bit of direction to temper the unmoderated enthusiasm.
In this case it may be a situation where the DE's District Director,
Field Director or SE needs to be aware that they are about to lose
significant numbers of volunteers, and correspondingly may take hits in
units started by these volunteers and FOS support given in the past if
the conduct starts to drive people away. Your local Council's
management team doesn't want this result and should be willing to coach
the new DE to moderate or in an extreme case may dispense with a problem
Michael F. Bowman --- Professor Beaver NE-CS-41
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