At Wood Badge, those two forces collided, resulting in one giant, flaming ball of disappointment and public shame.
I don’t want to say too much and spoil a Wood Badge surprise, but let’s just say that my Scouting knowledge was put to the test at the weeklong course last month. In fact, it was our whole patrol’s BSA proficiency on the line, but I spoke up more than I should’ve.
“I work for the BSA,” I thought to myself. “I got this.”
Turns out I was wrong. Three times in a row. Each time I pressed my luck, all I got was another whammy.
From that I learned I have a lot to learn — about the BSA, about myself, and about the right way to receive negative feedback.
In that failure, I realized what the staff meant when they had explained the day before that “feedback is a gift.” The feedback wasn’t positive this time, but I learned that responding with defensiveness — my fallback approach — would only cloud my ability to accept the gift of constructive criticism.
Chalk it up as another way Wood Badge changed me for the better.
Today’s topic: Bringing the Vision to Life. I’ll discuss the importance of listening and of giving and receiving feedback. Then I’ll share a couple of examples of times when communication worked — and didn’t work — in my Wood Badge patrol.
It’s the second installment of my Wood Badge Wednesdays series, which, as Chad correctly guessed last week, is one of my ticket items. (I’ll share the other four in a my final Wood Badge Wednesdays post.) Continue reading