Drive Change by Being Consistent

When you’re taking down a tent there are two ways to pack it in its bag: you can roll it or stuff it. Neither way is wrong, and both have their advantages. If you roll a tent in a consistent way, then when you unpack it the next time you don’t have to go hunting for the door. This is important if you have to set up in the dark. Stuffing it reduces wear and tear from having the creases in the same place every time you pack it, and is faster when you’re packing up in the dark. Depends what you’re doing.

Yet there are few things more confusing to a Scout than being told to do something one way by one leader and then another way by another leader. Sometimes whether a troop folds and rolls its tents inside the bags, or whether it stuffs them in isn’t as important as every leader teaching and demonstrating putting away the tent in the same way. If the leaders can’t agree on how it’s done or don’t work together as a team, then do they really know what they’re doing? Should they be asking us to work together? The leadership needs to pick one and teach that one consistently. Especially when dealing with kids who have never set up or pack up a tent before. Less confusion, and when they’ve learned and practised a skill, then they might learn the variations.

An interesting article on the success factors for making change in an organization: a purpose to believe in, reinforcement, time and skills, and most importantly consistent role models.

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