If the only tool you have is a hammer, you will see every problem as a nail. -- Abraham Maslow
If you have completed Woodbadge II or been exposed to organizational behaviour theory through other means, you might recognize Abraham Maslow from his hierarchy of needs. Gary Zukov's quote comes from another website I stumbled upon looking for Maslow's quote. It says the same thing, in a different way. Which quote resonates more with you?Reality is what we take to be true. What we take to be true is what we believe. What we believe is based upon our perceptions. What we perceive depends upon what we look for. What we look for depends on what we think. What we think depends on what we perceive. What we perceive determines what we believe. What we believe determines what we take to be true. What we take to be true is our reality. -- Gary Zukov (The Dancing Wu Li Masters)
This posting, and this forum, arrived here in a roundabout way. I asked myself what can I do to get a group of like-minded individuals with an interest in the future of Scouting in Canada to share ideas and formulate plans to make Scouting better? How do I give everybody an opportunity to voice an opinion and give them a chance to have those opinions heard? How do we turn those ideas into actions? How do we get started?
The little step I could take was putting up this forum. It takes very little effort for a person with the right knowledge and skills to pull together one of these websites. In Scouting we have a lot of people with the right skills to do just about everything. So how do we tap into our membership to find the person with the right skills who can do the other jobs that would take them an hour but would take me days, weeks, or months? A lot of hard problems for me are easy for somebody else.
Sometimes the challenge is too big for an individual. Collaboration is required. Effective collaboration requires team building. Throwing a bunch of people together, even with the clearest objective, may yield no useful results. According to Bruce Tuckman, every team goes through 4 stages: FORMING, STORMING, NORMING, and PERFORMING. Teams that work through the first three stages are capable of great things. Teams that cannot achieve the performing stage are unlikely to succeed. Understanding group dynamics is the foundation of everything we do in the Movement, and will determine the ultimate success of this forum, and Scouting.
We don't think alike. None of us. We won't always see a problem as a nail, because we are not all hammers. We share common values and demonstrate those through our commitment to Scouting. Some of us share very similar points of view and similar preferences but we are all different. That is a good thing. It means that idea people like me can team up with planning people and decision people and feeling people and accomplish some amazing things. Recognizing that others don't think the same way you do is a major step in leadership development. Recognizing that their contributions are every bit as valid as your own leads to better decisions.
My signature below gives my Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and points at a quiz you can take to get a sense of your preferences. More importantly, it may give others a clue about how you perceive the world and make decisions. Myers-Briggs gauges your preferences using 4 pairs of parameters and results in a set of 16 combinations, each a 4 letter acronym.
- Extroversion - Introversion: Where do you get your energy, from without or from within?
- Sensing -INtuiting: How do you gather information?
- Thinking - Feeling: How do weigh alternatives and make decisions?
- Judgment - Perception: Which decision-making function do you favour (sensing - intuiting) or (thinking-feeling)?
So have you decided which quote you prefer? Let me know by voting and posting a reason for why you voted. Maybe we will all gain a little insight into the way you think.