Impel Progress by Measures

Down at the Scout Hall we have a chart that lists the names of all the Scouts down the left side of the page, and all the badges they could potentially earn along the top. At the beginning of the year the new kids come in and they look at what the older ones have done. After a couple of years of this I can usually tell who’s going to last (they’re excited and asking all sorts of questions while figuring out which badge they’re going to earn first), and who’s there because their parents thought it would be a good idea and we probably won’t see them again after Christmas.

The chart gives us a clear, objective, and tangible means of measuring a Scout’s progress as they progress through the program. It compares Scouts to each other, is easily interpreted at a glance, and encourages a bit of the competitive spirit.

Engaged staff expect clear, objective, and tangible means of measuring progress. Staff who object to having their performance measured probably won’t last.

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