[Loch-Ruadh] RE: [Elfsea] My "ideal" Baron & Baroness of Elfsea are:

Richard Threlkeld rjt at softwareinnovation.com
Wed Jul 23 07:23:48 PDT 2003

I am strongly in favor of mentoring and have done it myself for several
years. As to your second point, I would strongly encourage each officer
to get an interested deputy *and use them*. Many of the officers in the
past have named someone their deputy then basically ignored them. Use
them. Train them. Have them do the job sometimes when you are there so
you can mentor them. This has been my habit and it means (1) mundanity
can strike without hurting the office, (2) we get a broader base of
people who know how to do many things, (3) we have a trained person who
will probably bid for the office when it becomes open, and (4) the
deputy gets the satisfaction of doing useful work for their Barony.
Additionally, each officer should involve the populace to spread the
work and make others feel a part of the "action".
In service,
Caelin on Andrede

-----Original Message-----
From: Candace Baker [mailto:candybaker99 at yahoo.com] 
Sent: Wednesday, July 23, 2003 7:30 AM
To: rjt at acm.org; Barony of Elfsea
Subject: Re: [Elfsea] My "ideal" Baron & Baroness of Elfsea are:

I would like to commend Caelin on asking his question.  If more people
asked similar questions, Elfsea would not be in its current situation.
I was once told that all great leaders will ask questions, They will
consult with their officers, past leaders and their populace.  Sometimes
it is easy to think that everyone should know the answer to such simple
questions, but everyone has a somewhat different answer and it is this
sharing of ideas that promotes unity and cooperation.  I have watched
many Barons and Baronesses and crowns and I think that the things that
Dana listed are all very important and very true.  However, I would like
to add that I would like the new B & B to take two things into
consideration.  1. Starting to revive the old practice of mentoring
within the group, taking someone under a wing and helping them grow to
be a vital part of the SCA.  I am not saying they should do it all, but
the populace will follow their example.  To this day Simon and Tessa
hold a special place in my heart as they showed me the ropes.  2.
Encourage the officers of this barony to recruit from and listen to
their populace.  Being a good administrator means you utilize your
resources.  There appears to be a long time trend that needs to be
broken of officers thinking they have to do everything and excluding the
populace, then they complain about not getting any help.  This is not a
slight against the current officers, this has been a long time problem
and one of the reasons a lot of old timers don't play locally anymore.
There are many wonderful talented people in this Barony who would love
to help with various projects if they are just given the chance.  So I
say to whomever the B & B are, get to know ALL  of your populace and
utilize them.  I know this was long, but I needed to get it off my
Lady Elysandre Gernier


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