scouts-l Mail Archive for April of 2000: Re: How to Motivate a SM? (A little Long)
Wayne Mery (vseerror@LEHIGH.EDU
Mon Apr 24 2000 - 12:19:35 CDT
Murphy Peter wrote:
> I'm not sure what you mean by "bridge". The new regime learned a lot by watching
> the older Scouts. They have an idea what to do. JLT is important. I don't think
> it's important for the old regime to have a formal bridge or knowledge passing
> to the new PLC. Let the boys make their own mistakes. They will learn better
> that way rather then having the old regime tell them what to do.
On this small point I'm inclined to disagree.
While the PLC/JLT certainly can be done without a bridge, the question
is 'should it be.' I don't think anyone in the corporate world (or
government for that matter) would advocate an approach which provides no
passing of knowledge to the succeeding generation. Why should Scouting
be any different?
A bridge need not be in any particular form, e.g. direct advice or
previous administration 'telling them what to do' (which I don't think
anyone would agree is the way to go). Wouldn't it be helpful for
example to know what goals the previous group failed at, and also what
they succeeded at? (They were written down by the PLC, right?) Are
there lessons to be learned and role models to be admired and emulated?
What did the previous group do that we can improve on? What did they
document? What work was left unfinished?
I suspect one's perspective may be colored by what level of
'maturity/immaturity' the unit has achieved and a desired rate of
improvement. It is a given that learning will come through making
mistakes, even repeated mistakes. I'm not advocating avoiding that form
of lesson. But shouldn't continuous improvement be a noble objective,
as well as developing leadership?
Wayne S. Mery (email@example.com -- for vse-l mailing list errors)
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