Hey everyone, guest blogger Blue here again!
I got to spend a few days with 84 again after meeting back up at one of her county’s events. Since she interviewed me last time I thought I’d do the same.
So 84, you’re looking a lot better by the way, what was the day about?
This day got together the patrol leaders in my county who were leading a patrol on the 24th World Scout Jamboree. We took in a range of activities to learn different leadership skills and techniques.
That sounds good. So what sort of things did you talk about?
We talked about different personality traits – drivers, thinkers, feelers and entertainers. They told us how each different section are motivated as well as push and pull factors.
We briefly talked about what makes a good leader as well as the characteristics they should have; they should be allowing everyone to have equal responsibility, able to handle all situations as well as giving credit where it is deserved.
On top of this we learnt about how to delegate well and the ladder of unconsciously incompetent to unconsciously competent.
Did anything in particular surprise you or make you think “oh yeah”?
I learnt about the ladder of unconsciously incompetent to unconsciously competent.
At the bottom of the ladder you have those who are unconsciously incompetent.
These are the people who have seen a new skill and believe thoroughly that they are able to do this without even asking for help the very first time. They are usually very happy and excited to give a new skill ago; this is until they give the skill ago and become consciously incompetent.
They now have tried the new skill and are unhappy as they are not able to do it; as time progresses they will become consciously competent.
This is where they are still a bit worried about the activity but are able to now take part with very little assistance; this is until they become unconsciously competent.
They now are able to do the skill without really thinking about what they are doing such as tying a reef knot. This is a good place to be in but sometimes they can forget the specific steps in the task and forget exactly what they are doing.
So what would be your top tips for other patrols going out to the Jamboree?
My top tip would be to learn about the different personalities in your patrol. to learn what motivates each individual and the main category of people they fall into.
Are they a “Thinker” who like to work out the problem step by step or are they a “Feeler” who cares about how the rest of the patrol are feeling and doesn’t think about themselves as much?
Are they a “Driver” who drives to make sure that everything has been done on time and to task or are they even an “Entertainer” where they have the most fun with others joking and laughing around?
The more you know your patrol the easier it will be in the long run to delegate specific tasks to and help them to drive towards their target all whilst having fun and enjoying them whilst doing even some of the more boring tasks.
Finally, tell me one thing you learnt about yourself.
I learnt that I am partly a thinker and a feeler; I like to plan ahead of time to make sure that everything will get done whilst checking that everyone is happy; I need to be able to be a bit more firm with others when they are not listening and to also make sure that I not only play to the strengths within my patrol but also can teach them new skills.
Finally I have learnt how the patrol leaders team has been arranged. Personally in my patrol leadership team we have an entertainer (who can also be partly a driver) with me being a thinker and a feeler – everyone has all characteristics which work well together within a team.
Thanks 84, sounds like it was a really good day. Can’t wait to see you again!