"Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place."
The Girl Scouts' Mission Statement sounds simple enough. But organizing 2.3 million girls and 880,000 adult members to execute a strategy of turning today's girls into tomorrow's leaders is hardly a jaunt in the woods. It takes an efficient, focused, and determined organization that knows who it is and where it's going. Tough Cookies captures the essence of this iconic institution and the principles that have sustained its 100-year history of success.
Less than a decade ago, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) faced a coming crisis. Girls were changing, and Girl Scouts struggled to fit into the modern family's busy schedule. On top of that, the organization's unwieldy structure, comprised of 300 disparate councils, undermined its ability to deliver leadership to girls. GSUSA needed to reassert itself as an institution that mattered. In order to execute its strategy, it would need to undergo a restructuring virtually unprecedented in the non-profit sector, merging its 300 councils down to 112 that would each serve tens of thousands of girls.
Full of inspired wisdom, Tough Cookies describes Girl Scouts' transformative journey to become an integrated, unified movement for girls. Learn how this massive non-profit addressed its most pressing challenges, including how to:
Rebrand itself not just as a gaggle of cute girls selling cookies and camping, but as the most important organization for girl culture
Create the world's best personal leadership development model for girls
Provide efficient and effective governance to deliver scouting to girls
Make it easier for volunteers to lead troops
Remain democratic and mission-focused throughout the merger process
Millions of American businesswomen, thought leaders, and politicians received their first lessons in salesmanship, money management, marketing, teamwork, and fulfillment from Girl Scoutsas will millions more to come. Discover how lessons from Girl Scouts of the USA can help your organization achieve such lasting success.
"Tough Cookies makes it clear how badly we need more women in leadership today—and offers a compelling road map for getting where we need to be. If you care about the future, read this book."
—Ilene H. Lang, President & CEO, Catalyst
"Remarkable and essential! In Tough Cookies, Kathy Cloninger draws on a rich blend of personal experience, wide-ranging research, and on-target insight to show how to tap America's most valuable potential resource: the leadershippotential of girls. I can't think of a better resource for the Year (or the Decade) of the Girl."
—Sally Helgesen, coauthor of The Female Vision and author of The Female Advantage
"Guided by a transcendent mission and Kathy Cloninger's courageous leadership, the Girl Scouts have transformed themselves for a new century. Tough Cookies is a compelling story of organizational renewal—told from the inside—that will serve as an inspiration for all leaders everywhere."
—Willie Pietersen, author of Reinventing Strategy
"For the millions of former Girl Scouts who continue to live the Promise, Tough Cookies touches our hearts. For the millions who are just learning about the Girl Scouts, this book helps chart a bright future."
—Frances Hesselbein, President and CEO, Leader to Leader Institute; former CEO, Girl Scouts of the USA
"Tough Cookies shows what vision, courage, and an unflinching dedication to mission can accomplish. Kathy Cloninger makes it clear that the Girl Scouts—and girls—rank high among our nation's treasures."
—Johnnetta Betsch Cole, PhD, President Emerita, Spelman College and Bennett College for Women
"Kathy Cloninger has captured the excitement and boundless promise of the transformation of Girl Scouting. If you want to know how to make a great (and irreplaceably valuable) organization greater, this is the book for you."
—Connie Lindsey, Executive Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, Northern Trust
Don't care for this book. It tries to be like the boy scouts and learning how to make money by selling their cookies.
Very boring in my eyes. Read more
I had no idea how complex Girl Scouts is. This book is an easy read. Written by the CEO of Girl Scouts of America, it is an inside view of 100 years of GS.Published 3 months ago by S. Messner
This book is an agenda based viewpoint. It does not look at the organization in a balanced review and represents only the perspective that GSUSA is trying to "sell" the... Read morePublished 5 months ago by EW
Interesting book about Girl Scouting. Would be of more interest to someone involved with Girl Scouts than a casual reader, and it is NOT about edible cookies!Published 15 months ago by Susan Sloan "Ohio"
I have enjoyed reading this book!! It is a awesome book that describes how "behind the scenes" girl scouts have evolved from over 300 councils to what we have now of 112! Read morePublished on October 22, 2012 by T. Patton
Tough Cookies is shallow and egotistical. The author reveals her her complete inability to "perceive" what is being inferred in casual conversation. Read morePublished on September 22, 2012 by Keepsakes
This should have been a big year for the Girl Scouts. But before they could blow out their 100 birthday candles, they got sucked into the kind of political firestorm that would... Read morePublished on May 29, 2012 by Them