Influential Voices: Developing Leaders

I’ve taken on an enormous, exciting challenge. My daughter’s Brownie troop leader decided that she could no  longer make the time commitment, and I volunteered to take over. After participating in some training and becoming a new Lifetime Member of the Girl Scouts, I am now officially the leader of my daughter’s troop. We have 14 girls, and I am looking forward to working with them over what I hope will be the next 8 1/2 years until they graduate from High School, hopefully while achieving the Gold Award along the way.

What excited me the most about this opportunity was the strong focus on developing girls as leaders. From decision making to planning, and of course the ever famous cookie business, I have the opportunity to help these girls chart their own path to success. Hmm… I may even get to teach them about some quality tools along the way.

So here is the question I’d like to pose for my readers: What leadership advice would you share with 8-9 year old girls?

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Influential Voices: Defining Quality

I’ve heard many times over the years that quality means many different things to many different people, a topic that Paul Borowski blogged about this month. Some people use a definition that refuses to define it, that quality is in the eye of the beholder, or that they don’t know what it is, but they know it when they see it. But I think that Roberto Saco’s circuitous definition (Pg. 40) really comes close to describing quality in a way that matches how I have internalized quality. When you take quality to a third level that embraces sustainability, we have the ability to have an impact on the future. When I talk to my kids about quality, I think that they have started to see those connections, which is exciting. How do you define quality?