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Will the Girl Scouts Miss Out on the Change Leadership Badge?

Will the Girl Scouts Miss Out on the Change Leadership Badge? | Change Leadership Watch |

The Girl Scouts, that 101-year-old wholesome institution that boosts our young girls into women leaders, is struggling to change and remain relevant when the world around them is shifting from campfires to tablets.

...there have been fewer volunteer troop leaders and fewer young girls expressing interest in the organization, all of which has contributed to a 20% drop in membership in the past 10 years.

[There is] a creeping budget shortfall, which was addressed with layoffs and early retirements and additional debt from funding retirement packages... CEO Anna Maria Chávez's first moves in the job were to trim senior leadership and launch new programs while simultaneously increasing the financial outlook of the Girl Scouts.

Some see her as infusing new life into an aged institution.


Reports from employees cite a culture of fear, and anonymous letters and rumors contributed to this labeling Chávez as the “Cookie Monster.”

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Can they get beyond the cookies & deal with non-sustainable palm oil?  Will the Girl Scouts become a cautionary tale of institutionalism and rigid culture or turnaround reinvention?  A Kotter consultant weighs in with the case study in progress example of this change leader challege. ~  D

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High Quality Connections, Short, Deeply Fortifying, Dr. Jane Dutton Video

High Quality Connections, Short, Deeply Fortifying, Dr. Jane Dutton Video | Change Leadership Watch |

"People are more instantaneously alive in healthy in High Quality Connections."

Listen here (brief 4 min. video) as Professor Jane Dutton unlocks the importance of high quality connections and four ways how to make them.  

It is NOT the same as developing positive relationships.

Dr. Dutton is a co-founder of the Univ. of Michigan's Ross Business Schools growing domain of expertise called Positive Organizational Scholarship

Her past research has explored processes of organizational adaptation, focusing on how strategic issues are interpreted and managed in organizations, as well as issues of organizational identity and change.

Imagine the impact on a culture if this became a people investment value.

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Moving attention from negative deviance to positive deviance (as there is MUCH research on failure and what doesn't work) is what brings this resource to a change leadership watch listing instead of change management resources.

From the first time that I've met Jane Dutton, I've been struck by her openness and deep focus on the scholarship of high quality connections and the impacts they have within organizations.  

A chapter on the subject is here:  High Quality Connections

Let me know what you think.  ~  Deb 

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