A couple months ago my son represented his school in the regional finals of the Jack Petchey ‘Speak Out Challenge’. * He didn’t win but he commented that it has really given him invaluable experience that will stand him in good stead for his career choice of becoming a Lawyer.
That aside, he came home last month and announced that he was going to apply for the position of Head boy as he was sure ‘he could bag it’. I said “go for it son, the sky is the limit!”
So we had weeks of listening to him present to us on why he should be selected for the role. His sister took him through several likely interview questions, having herself served as Senior Prefect on the Head Girl team at her school last year.
He was relentless in his preparation for the various hoops that he had to jump. And I had to listen attentively every time he wanted to ‘practice his pitch’.
So, early last week he had the first interview and was told at the end of the week that he had been shortlisted. Joy erupted! The second interview followed on Friday. The results came in today and he has got the post of Deputy Head boy. I must say we are extremely proud of him.
So when he said ‘Mom, I couldn’t have done it without you.’ I said, don’t be silly, you did it all yourself. You wrote and prepared your own presentation. You attended your interviews yourself; all I did was listened when you needed me to.
I was really chuffed when he turned to me and said. No Mom, you gave me the CIM factor. I asked ‘the what?’ He replied, “yes, you:
- Challenged me in the years leading up to this day to strive to be the best I can be;
Inspired me in the years leading up to this day with your positivity and can do attitude
And you have always been the only person that can
- Motivate me when I am feeling ‘what’s the point?'”
Needless to say I was humbled, because as mothers we sometimes find ourselves nagging and nagging our children and young adults to do this and don’t do that. But now I know that children ultimately see it in a different way.
I quite like the phrase CIM Factor, and shall be adding it to my business vocabulary…
So, have you got the CIM factor? Do you Challenge, Inspire and Motivate yourself and your staff or associates to get the best out of your business?
Perhaps you feel you don’t have the time and energy to do any of these things. Maybe it is time you contacted Cay Moore Associates to see how we can free you up to do the things that you need to do to grow your business!
Let us give you the CIM factor. O7957459136 OR firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cay Moore (copyright 2010)
*Image from www.speakoutchallenge.com