One of the member perks of being in AGSES is the Tuesday Tips! Today’s tip was about acting like a kindergartner. Kindergartners are forced to go to school, eat snack at a particular time and follow rules at school but Kindergartner always have fun. Try infusing some fun into your day and see what you can accomplish!
Yesterday morning, three Board members took on the responsibility of looking towards the future and evaluating the vision and goals of AGSES. In our conversation, we started talking about what AGSES has meant to us and realized that the national network of supporters, mentors and ultimately friends is one of the true values of being a member. After we collaboratively created our recommendations that will go to the Board today, we began discussing one of the “hot” topics facing councils today – service delivery redesign and restructures. We shared resources, ideas and results showcasing the exact thing we had been focusing on – AGSES is a national network that produces real-time results for individuals and our movement.
Stay tuned for an update on how these visions and goals have transformed.
What value has AGSES provided you?
“Great leaders create team environments where all voices are heard.
The most effective teams create a culture where individuals feel their ideas are heard. Expect
every team member to contribute ideas and expertise to decisions.”
Melissa Thomas-Hunt on leanin.org
This week comes from an insightful article posted on LinkedIn. Be sure to join our group “Association of Girl Scout Executive Staff.”
“I read the seven 5-year olds a story about a girl named Tula who witnessed other girls teasing someone in the schoolyard. The girl was afraid to stand up and say something, but then finally did, when she realized it was the right thing to do, and had the courage to stand up to the bullies. Tula, in the end, was able to get all of the girls to be friends, and was rewarded for her courage.
“So courage is when you do the right thing, when you’re strong like Tula in the story?” asked one of the girls. Scratching my head, I wasn’t quite sure how to answer. And then my daughter did for me:
“Daddy,” my daughter Kate said, “I think that to have courage, you have to be afraid first. And then be strong, like Tula.”
I thought that insight from a five year old was pretty amazing.” – Dave Kerpen
Dear AGSES members,
One of perks of being an AGSES member is the Tuesday Tips, Tools and Training delivered right to your inbox on key topics that matter to us personally and professionally. We are now launching a series around Lean In – Sheryl Sanberg’s new book and website. I hope this quote from Condoleezza Rice resonates with you.
“Learning to speak up is a valuable lesson. As women, we must never be surprised that surface equality isn’t actual equality. Society still very much plays into gender bias and role definition. When a woman walks into a room, people see a female. For some, this indicates what she is capable of achieving. This, however, should not deter you. If you spend all of your time thinking about how you are viewed, you will lose your ability to be effective. Walk in, embrace your job and do what you’re supposed to do. If you are young and disadvantaged, find a mentor who can help you through the experience. If you are senior in your career and you allow someone to treat you poorly, it’s your fault. You have plenty of weapons in your arsenal: use them. At some point you have to lean in.”
The newly elected Board of Directors is currently embarking on adventure to ensure that we all create the Association of Girl Scout Executive Staff for today’s needs. We just held a virtual Board retreat where we discussed the direction of AGSES, our focus for the next six months and who we are as an organization. As a result, you will be able to follow our progress, comment on the upcoming happenings and be an active member of the transition.
Our first mission? Create a meaningful way to engage with others. Please find us on Facebook and LinkedIn.