Tough Cookies: Leadership Lessons from 100 Years of the Girl Scouts

Tough Cookies Leadership Lessons from Years of the Girl Scouts Fundamental principles for how Girl Scouts USA is run and why it s so successful Millions of American businesswomen thought leaders and politicians received their first lessons in salesmanship mone

  • Title: Tough Cookies: Leadership Lessons from 100 Years of the Girl Scouts
  • Author: Kathy Cloninger
  • ISBN: 9781118000045
  • Page: 273
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Fundamental principles for how Girl Scouts USA is run and why it s so successful Millions of American businesswomen, thought leaders, and politicians received their first lessons in salesmanship, money management, marketing, teamwork, and fulfillment in the Girl Scouts The Girls Scouts has shaped the lives of than 50 million alumnae alive today Eighty percent of AmeFundamental principles for how Girl Scouts USA is run and why it s so successful Millions of American businesswomen, thought leaders, and politicians received their first lessons in salesmanship, money management, marketing, teamwork, and fulfillment in the Girl Scouts The Girls Scouts has shaped the lives of than 50 million alumnae alive today Eighty percent of American female senior business executives and business owners are former Girl Scouts In March 2012, the Girl Scouts will celebrate their 100th anniversary Tough Cookies captures the essence of this iconic organization and the principles that have allowed them to build and sustain a 100 year old organization.Under current CEO Kathy Cloninger s leadership, the Girl Scouts has transformed and enhanced its ability to develop leadership in young women Tough Cookies outlines the rise of the Girl Scouts, this recent and dramatically successful shift, and lessons that are applicable to make any business or organization a success.An inspiring story of the Girl Scouts founding, along with leadership and business lessons that can be applied to organizations of any size No other organization compares to Girl Scouts in size, experience, and resources devoted to developing leadership skills Publication coincides with the 100 year anniversary of GSUSA What can your business learn from the Girl Scouts

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    1. Though only 10% of American girls have been Girl Scouts at any one time, 80% of female senior executives and business owners are former Girl Scouts. 2/3 of the women in Congress and 100% of the women in NASA's astronaut corps are former Girl Scouts.Girl Scouting is a 3-million-girl working model of how to unleash and develop the powerful potential of girls - and I'm glad to be a part of it!

    2. Probably only of interest if you are involved in Girl Scouts, this is the background information for all of the changes which have happened in the past 6 to 8 years. The most surprising thing is that she actually acknowledges that the "traditionalist" volunteers have to let go and move onmething these very volunteers have been accusing GSUSA of on many GS message boards for the past few years. For the naysayers of the GS changes, this confirms everything you've been saying.That doesn't mean that [...]

    3. I'm a Girl Scout leader so I was really excited to read this book. While not a bad read, I don't think it delivered what was promised. I was expecting stories of some of the amazing women and girls that are a part of the history of our movement. Instead it came across as more of a recruitment and fundraising effort. It was interesting to have insight into the council mergers. I would have liked it if they had covered the hows and whys behind the switch from Studio2B to Journeys.

    4. I am a lifelong GS and was a leader and then a Service Unit Manager during the transformation presented in the book. I am glad I've read it; our Service Unit and Council really were at the forefront of the changes and nothing in the book was entirely new to me. The good news from this book is that, rather than just a "how to" book, it really captures the before, during and after of a transformational shift in the strategy and operation of a vital professional and volunteer network for girls.

    5. This was a great primer for me, a Girl Scout mom, not a Girl Scout alum. I knew that I was excited when my daughter expressed interest in this organization, but the book did a great job of affirming for me the goodness to which I want my daughters exposed and the hope that I have for their futures.

    6. I liked this book. I gave me extra enthusiasm to start another year of Girl Scouting off right. As a healthcare executive and a career mom, I appreciate the need for sexual balance in corporate America. I dream the the girls in my Two troops will have the same opportunities I have.

    7. Fantastic business book. Not often do you get the story and business strategy from a business that is 99% by women and for women. It's hard to find books written about the GS of America so I was happy to find this one!

    8. Tough Cookies is a book written by the CEO of the Girl Scouts Kathy Cloninger. It is interesting to know that the scouts started in 1912 with only 18 members and how it has grown over the years. It is also interesting to hear how the Girl Scouts felt they needed a change and set about to do just that.Although it may be true that millions of businesswomen and leaders were Girl Scouts, I think it was a giant leap to assume it was the result of Girl Scouting. There just wasn't enough proof in this [...]

    9. This book offers a recent history of Girl Scouts shifts and adaptations. The problem is Cloninger doesn't seem to know who her audience is in this books. Parts feel like they are written for girls; other parts for leaders and volunteers; and yet other parts seem to be for council staff or potential donators.

    10. I really enjoyed this book. I was moved to take part in the Girl Scouts organization as an adult. This book reminded me what I gain in my years as a scout. It also reminded me what I missed because the organization failed to stay current and relevant. If they had been a little "cooler" I may have stuck in longer. As a very goal driven person (even as a young child) if I had felt like there was more to achieve I would have stayed. It's a great reminder that "doing good work" for a community is no [...]

    11. This book was interesting as a piece of Girl Scout history, but not necessarily as a leadership book. The author starts by telling us she's not going to make an argument about why having more women leaders would be better, and then spends the first half of the book explaining why having more women as leaders is better. I would have appreciated more lessons on how to become a better leader as a woman compared to the traditional "male" mode of leadership, instead of just being told that being a wo [...]

    12. Lessons in leadership, lessons in Girl ScoutingI picked this up to expand my understanding of Girl Scouts USA ways and practices. Big changes have been happening in the organization since 2005 and many veteran leaders have been discombobulated by the new push in leadership training for girls. Tough Cookies spells out the reasons why these changes have occurred and GSUSA's hope for the future. On a personal level, the author's vision and drive have inspired me to keep my eye on the big picture of [...]

    13. This book was a super fast read and me a little insight and background info on the merger of coucils that happened prior to my coming to Girl Scouts- something I knew very little about. Aditionally it talks on the whys and hows all the recent changes within Girl Scouts and the Girl Scouts program occured, I found it pretty interesting really :)

    14. I was hoping for more of a history of Girl Scouting, but the book was still interesting. As a former Girl Scout and Troop Leader I think it is an outstanding organization for girls and offers them opportunities they can't find anywhere else.

    15. It was really nice to know why Girl Scouts made so many changes, but it was really long. Also, it talked a lot about girls not having the same chances as boys, so parts of it would be really good for Girl Scouts doing the MEdia journey. The book inspires you to help or be a Girl Scout.

    16. Hmmmwe'll see. Might be a while.So the entire new GS program came from the head of one woman and her song-writer husband? Strange.It was helpful to see the why and how of this massive organizational change.

    17. As a Girl Scout leader, I was looking forward to this book so as to gather some sort of insight. I did not get it. It is a good book to read to see the rise of Kathy Cloninger to Girl Scout CEO but it didn't offer any insights, at least to me.

    18. Crap. I read it to try to understand what the true agenda of the Girl Scouts of the USA organization is - but this clarified it in no way.

    19. Interesting overview of the change the Girl Scouts have gone through revitalizing the program. Inspiring read about the need for girl leadership training. Got me all fired up about Girl Scouts.

    20. So inspirational. A great testament to the importance and potential for girls and women in holding leadership roles.

    21. Great book. I really enjoyed reading about the history of Girl Scouts and the new direction they are taking.

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