We a proud to share this video, which is our entry in the Companies with a Mission (CWAM) Central Indiana Service Challenge. We invested a day with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Delaware County last week for leadership development and a fun night out bowling with Bigs and Littles involved in the program. We hope to win up to $10,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters if we are chosen as a winner in the contest.
As the video mentions, we conducted a free two-hour executive leadership development session for 26 Board members, staff, Big Brothers and Sisters, and other community volunteers. During the session, we highlighted how participants’ unique leadership and communication strengths relate to their success in their mentoring relationships, their effectiveness as community volunteers, and their business leadership as well. Each participant was given the opportunity to:
- take the Predictive Index® personality assessment
- gain powerful self awareness for working with others to improve team and mentoring effectiveness
- learn how leadership style impacts others
- gain greater understanding of conflict sources and team dynamics
- learn “why people do what they do.”
Following the leadership session, we hosted free bowling and pizza for Bigs and their Littles, and raffled an iPod to one lucky Little.
Why did We Get Involved?
We believe that strong companies are made of strong leaders and that translates into our communities as well. We teamed up with Big Brothers Big Sisters because we believe modeling strong leadership, communication and team participation skills is a means to strengthening assets that all children need along the path toward becoming confident, competent and caring adults
In addition, one of our management consultants, Brian J. McKay, is an active volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters and has served as a Big Brother for eight years. He also founded a related not-for-profit agency called The Leadership Board with support and a financial contribution from ADVISA. The Leadership Board has the singular mission of: No Child Without a Mentor. The efforts of the Leadership Board have resulted in eight Big/Little matches and over 11 more in the queue to be matched.
What if We Win?
If we win the Central Indiana Service Challenge, the prize money will be used by Big Brothers Big Sisters to recruit, screen, train and support new adult volunteers as matches for children on their waiting list. The cost of the efforts required to provide one adult match for a child on the list is estimated to be $1,000.