Two Types of Scouters

Last month, I talked about the importance of raising the bar… I recently read an article titled “Two Types of Workers”.  Naturally, it made a lot of sense to me as a contributor in the workplace.  However, I also couldn’t help but think about this in the context of being a member of a congregation, a citizen of this country, and of course a leader in the Scouting program.  Here’s what that article said:

In today’s workplace there are two types of workers: the employee and the professional.  The employee is the individual who recognizes himself as someone hired to do the job for a particular salary.  The professional sees himself as the person within the company who reliably performs to make a difference.  The employee focuses on completing the task at hand and receiving compensation.  The professional concentrates on how he tackles the job.  Both types of workers experience very different results at the end of the day, mainly with regards to passion, motivation, perception and attitude.

The individual who claims, “I am only an employee”, is passionate about arriving at work and completing the assigned task.  He may feel increasingly motivated as it approaches payday because he perceives his role as doing a job for a salary.  His attitude is to get the job done within the given time.  On the other hand, the professional is driven by a passion to perform at a superior level by:

  • Taking pride in his work
  • Delivering the best service to both internal and external clients
  • Always seeking ways to improve
  • Helping colleagues excel at what they do
  • Being a great team player

The professional is motivated by daily challenges, workplace changes and the desire to make a difference; motivating others along the way.  He perceives himself as an important staff member who receives an opportunity each day to deliver nothing less than quality service, adhered to high standards.  His attitude is always positive, focused on meeting his client’s needs, and not being first to walk out the door at the end of the day.

When you consider this with respect to your role in scouting, what type of Scouter are you?

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