scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Re: SPL who won't camp
Bill Sheehan (w.sheehan.jr@POSTOFFICE.WORLDNET.ATT.NET
Wed Feb 23 2000 - 15:09:22 CST
> This is in response to Bill Sheehan's comments about email communication
> versus face to face communication. Many Scouts and adults now use email,
> ICQ, and other forms of communication and value it as highly as face to face
As DP director for a fairly large organization I understand and can
easily quantify the many ways e-mail has increased efficiency at our
facility since I installed it in 1991. None of which applies here! As I
said before, this situation requires "face time", not e-mail.
This is a quote from the message I sent to the SM directly:
"... I was just very concerned with the
lack of face time. It is very easy for a mob (PLC) to make a decision to
"impeach" or "not forgive" an empty chair, but to look someone in the
face and do that after he has made a commitment to work harder is
another thing. "
E-mail, and private conversations between SM and members of the PLC is
the same as a "closed door" meeting where a decision is announced with
nobody taking responsibility for the decision. As it turned out when a
face to face meeting with the PLC, SM and SPL was held, it WAS worked
out with no impeachment. As I recall that members of the PLC decided to
"impeach" the SPL in a conversation between the PLC and the SM without
the SPL present. It would have been much easier to e-mail or call the
kid and tell him he was out. "Face time" causes communication.
We need to remember these are young boys, not corporate cogs.