Gather wood, prepare tinder, kindling and fuel. Strike a match (maybe two) and we make fire.
Preparing, building, lighting and maintaining a fire involves interdependent skills, knowledge and actions that constitute a process. Comprehending and executing a process requires process intelligence.
Process intelligence is a combination of experience, vision, persistence and inspiration; all fundamental leadership skills.
Experience – Confidence when covering familiar ground or in inventing solutions when in unknown waters.
Vision – Picturing a path to success and formulating effective responses to possible setbacks.
Persistence – Focus and flexibility in response to changing conditions. Resilience and perspective when things don’t go as planned.
Inspiration – Motivating best efforts, encouraging teamwork, providing an example of energetic participation.
Process intelligence is vital to the health of a Scout Troop or Patrol. It can be learned through training but is most dramatically developed in action. Scouts must have a broad playing field to experiment, invent and perfect their skills where joys of success are celebrated and pains of failure are minimized.
Look for examples of process intelligence in your Scouts and seize every opportunity to put them in situations that will challenge and develop their skills.