Professional Development & Leadership

The successes or failures of a council should never rest solely upon the Scout Executive. It is a team effort.

dsc_0498In my current role as a mentor,  I firmly believe in assessing and developing ourselves and our team members. By discovering our patterns of behavior, we gain greater insights into how others see us in ways that we may not be able see ourselves.  These insights then allow us to have greater clarity to make choices about what tools to use when and how to better self-manage ourselves to achieve goals and objectives.  Sharing these assessments enables the team to understand and appreciate how each person functions most effectively.

As Determined by (Styles of Influence)

Chargers want results. They influence others through helping to design a project and then helping to make sure the project gets done on time. Chargers enjoy thinking systematically. They also enjoy managing a group of people and seeing a task accomplished. They like to pull together a group and make things happen. Generally, Chargers function best in a setting where they can have a fair degree of control. These people may have a more difficult time in a setting that requires more participation and group cooperation. Under pressure, Chargers can be perceived as insensitive to the needs of other people.  Their response is often, “So what… we have a job and we need to get it done.” Chargers will be frustrated if not given “room to operate” and/or begin to feel “boxed in”. Chargers are most effective in a situation where they can have freedom to think and room to move. Chargers are take charge people who are not afraid to say what they think.

The underlying criteria to this evaluation classified me as an Innovator (Cognitive), Verbalizer (Relational), Director (Goal Achievement), and a Juggler (Details).

My Top Strengths
Determined by StrengthsFinder™

img_5135My top strength is ACHIEVER.  People who are especially talented in the Achiever theme have a great deal of stamina and work hard. The take great satisfaction from being busy and productive.  By nature, an Achiever possessed the physical and mental endurance needed to spend hours studying, reading, or researching.  The more an achiever knows, the more questions asked.

My co-workers and key volunteers would tell you that when I tackle a project, I do not stop until satisfied with the completion.

RESTORATIVE is my second strength.  People who are talented in the Restorative them are adept at dealing with problems. They are good at figuring out was it wrong and resolving it.  Restoratives normally exhibit methodical and rational thinking styles.  They seek to minimize or eliminate deficiencies and are keenly aware of their own flaws.

Problem solving or analyzing a process to determine ways to improve are two things I enjoy.

dsc_0543The third strength is LEARNER. Learners have a great desire to learn and want to continuously improve. In particular, the process of learning, rather than the outcome, excites them.  Leaners see value in continuous education and cannot have too much information. One becomes a “student of the job.”

I have always valued the knowledge of others. I look at every situation as a learning opportunity.  Couple this trait with the two mentioned above and you can definitely see how they complement each other.

People who show talent in COMPETITION measure their progress against the performance of others.  They strive to win first place and revel in contests.  Competition people have little tolerance for mediocrity and feel the need to reach goals to demonstrate success.  By nature they year to capture the top price and be named the best.

I like being a winner.  I measure that win not just individually but also as a team.  I also look for sustainable wins over a long period of time and not just short, minor victories.

My final strength is INPUT.  input people  have a craving to know more. Often they like to collect and archive all kinds of information.  They tend to be a critical reader and after careful and thorough evaluation, judge whether the presentation has merit.  They commit information to memory to keep their mind fresh.  They seek opportunities to apply what they have learned in conversations or correspondence.

The combination of my Learner and Input traits was best displayed through the construction phases at Falley Scout Reservation.  We hired a project manager to handle day to day operations but in a desire to not be at a disadvantage during discussions, I became increasingly more knowledgeable in these areas allowing me to be an active and relevant participant in any construction discussions and decisions.