Los Angeles Region FIRST® LEGO® League (LAR FLL)
Gracious Professionalism was coined by Dr. Woodie Flowers, FIRST National Advisor and Pappalardo Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
What is Gracious Professionalism?
Gracious Professionalism is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. Gracious professionals make a valued contribution in a manner pleasing to others and to themselves. With Gracious Professionalism, competition and mutual gain are not separate notions. In FIRST, one of the most straightforward interpretations of Gracious Professionalism is that we learn and compete like crazy, while treating one another with respect and kindness in the process. We try to avoid anyone feeling like they are losers. Gracious professionals comfortably blend knowledge, pride and empathy.
When and where does Gracious Professionalism apply?
Gracious Professionalism is part of the ethos of FIRST. It should be evident during the building season, as well as during competitions. It applies both on and off the field as we interact with other teams. Not only does Gracious Professionalism relate to FIRST LEGO League, it also applies to our school attitudes, family life and work relationships.
How can we show Gracious Professionalism?
Gracious Professionalism can be shown in multiple ways. First of all, show respect for your teammates, coach(es) and mentor(s). Make sure everyone on your team has an opportunity to learn, contribute and participate. At competitions, share tools, technology or knowledge with other teams to increase the competitiveness of play. Encourage other teams and thank those that have contributed to your opportunity to participate in FLL.
Why should we be Gracious Professionals?
You will use this skill in many areas of your life. Teamwork and cooperation are an important aspect of families and work. Learning how to be cooperative and competitive at the same time will help you thrive in your future career.