Succession Planning in WAGGGS
WAGGGS has experience in successful succession planning, as well as evidence of what can happen if we do not secure the continued life of units, groups, Associations, or even World Committee work.
Democratic organizations with volunteer decision-makers, who also have other commitments in their lives, constantly face the risk of gaps in key skills and human resources – which quickly has an impact on other team members, staff members and other volunteers.
If we use succession planning as an opportunity to stay ahead of an ever-changing world, we can use the Patrol System as a learning mechanism and ‘launch pad’ for the next generation of leaders.
Many of WAGGGS’ plans run on a three-year cycle:
- World Conference every three years
- Regional conferences every three years (the year before a World Conference)
- Many Member Organizations have their National Assembly every three years (the year after a World Conference)
This three-year cycle has its strengths:
- A predefined cycle, i.e., WAGGGS three-year cycle ensures rotation and succession of people instead of stagnation
And its potential weaknesses:
- There are human resources and knowledge gaps at election times and during the settling of new committees
- The fact that the World Conference only meets once every three years means that many do not know the candidates’ experience, skills or potential in great detail
The Patrol System is “a small natural grouping of six to eight persons under the leadership of one of themselves where each individual has an indispensable part to play” (team work). The Patrol System encourages interaction with others, self-expression and the development of joint and individual responsibility and democracy in action.
Girl Guiding/Girl Scouting: A challenging Movement, 3rd Edition 1997
- Could board members be presented at a World Conference and elected by written or electronic votes afterwards?
- Could board candidates be announced with a list of competences needed?
- Do candidates need to be members of the organization, or are the competences more important?
- Any other thoughts?