Connecting Commissioners Through Communication
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How do you get your information? If you are like most
people, you probably don’t rely on just one source, but in
this era of instant and constant communications, information
dissemination is an important function every organization needs
to manage and hopefully lead. In part, it was the process of how
commissioners communicate that led National Commissioner
Tico Perez and National Commissioner Service Chairman Scott
Sorrels to ask me to fill a new national commissioner support
staff position dedicated to communications.
In my opinion, commissioners have been one of the
best organizationally connected groups in Scouting;
commissioners know how to spread the word very well.
As demonstrated repeatedly through media such as
Facebook, one of the fastest means to communicate
today is the Internet. And it is this communication speed
that works to both our advantage and our disadvantage.
As commissioners, we need to take charge of the
process and not let the process take charge of us. To that
extent, I will suggest some effective commissioner Internet
communication methods that you should consider.
- Facebook (the leading social networking site according
- Commissioners of the Boy Scouts of America—
This is a “closed” group that you can join and is an official
means of communication of the BSA, meaning the posts
are less frequent but arguably of greater importance.
Every commissioner should join this group. I will use this
as my primary official information outlet. https://www.
- Commissioner Service (Boy Scouts of America)—
This is an unofficial and “open” group, meaning the posts
are frequent and can be on a wide range of topics, which
requires moderators to ensure the posts are appropriate. https://www.facebook.com/groups/bsa.commissioners
- LinkedIn (similar to Facebook but a business-oriented
social networking site):
In my new communications role, I will work hard to
keep information—especially important, timely, and official
communications—flowing to you through the above Internet
outlets. I will also do my best to promptly respond to personal
emails or, like any good commissioner, use my resources to get
the information needed.