Leaders of Tomorrow, You Bet

My mother did this thing when I was a little girl. She had a dependable, expectable approach to help me out of shyness. And man, did I hate when she did this. The other thing about my mother is that her look of disapproval was something I hated even more. So, when she’d do this ‘thing”- I did it.

Call a stranger and ask a question. Yep, that was the “thing” she would make me do. If I wanted to ask a question at the library I had to call the stranger librarian to ask the question. If mom had a question for the utility company. I had to call the stranger at the utility company to ask mom’s question.

I’ll bet you can guess what I do today to my children.

Although I’m certain it wasn’t as much of a stretch for my children. They seem to have been bypassed when the shy gene was passed down. I was too shy to even ask my mom what to say. For my kids it looks something like this:

“Mom, do you think the library has ‘such & such’ book?”

“I wouldn’t know off the top of my head. Why don’t you call and ask?”

“Okay, what’s the number?”

“I wouldn’t know off the top of my head. Why don’t you look it up online?” Many times in situations like this they are already searching online before I finish my statement.

Today’s leaders of tomorrow require a different teaching.

“Mom, the phone is ringing! What do I say?!”

They are already on track. Think in the moment. Off cuff. What do I say?

“You know what to say! Just ask & speak up!”