The following words are copied from page 3 of the 2007 FLL "Power Puzzle" Challenge Coaches Handbook.
Dr. Woodie Flowers, National Advisor for FIRST, speaks about gracious
professionalism in this way: “The FIRST spirit encourages doing high-quality,
well-informed work in a manner that leaves everyone feeling valued. Gracious
professionalism seems to be a good descriptor for part of the ethos of FIRST.
It is part of what makes FIRST different and wonderful.
Gracious professionalism can and should mean different things to
each of us. It is possible, however, to outline some of its meanings:
• Gracious attitudes and behaviors are “win-win.”
• Gracious folks respect others and let that respect
show in their actions.
• Gracious professionals make a valued contribution in a
manner pleasing to others and to themselves as they
possess special knowledge and are trusted by society
to use that knowledge responsibly.
In the long run, gracious professionalism is part of pursuing a
meaningful life. One can add to society and enjoy the satisfaction of
knowing that you have acted with integrity and sensitivity. That’s good stuff!”
FLL is a child-centered activity and is about giving children a unique
and stimulating experience. We want them to learn the value of teamwork
and to respect everyone’s ideas and contributions to the team. FLL values
are about appreciating our differences and learning what those differences
add to our lives. FLL succeeds most fully when team members bring the
FLL values they learn back to their communities.