why the CBC should hire a mom as their new chair

CBC needs a champion. Someone who will stand up for them no matter what. An advocate. Some unconditional love. So I vote (if I had a vote) for hiring a super extra ordinary mom.

Take me for example. Not that I qualify – but I guarantee you’d get your money’s worth. As a mom, I could give the CBC a no-nonsense, tough love, nothin’ I wouldn’t do for you approach to chairing the board of directors. And I’d run a good meeting. I defy any of your average board of director types to get two elementary school boys to school on time with 99% accuracy  with lunches packed, teeth brushed, homework done and school notes read. No easy feat for an executive manager graduate of any business school. If you can do the school run some 40 odd weeks a year, you can run a meeting, of that, I am sure.

Again, take me for example, not that I’m qualified, but I’ve logged in more CBC listening time than the average executive. Moms are connected. While executive wait in line at Starbucks and sit in endlessly long management meetings, moms are listening and watching and accumulating a wealth of information and developing keen analysis. If we can figure out which day to bring organic apples instead of cupcakes and which days to bring swim suits instead of piano books to school, we can give you expert analysis on the goings on in our community and in our country. We understand the issues. We live them every day.

And as for budgets, take my own household budget or that of any mom’s. We understand when to spend and when to save. Where to scrimp and where to splurge. It’s part of our daily routine. What a typical mom does with a typical household budget would put the typical company director to shame. We understand money management better than most. We get revenue centres (paycheques), fixed costs (groceries) and variable expenses (husbands). It’s the story of our lives. Mortgage, car payments, insurance, school events, haircuts, movie nights, family dinners. Our line items rival any relative to the budget we live in. Pay the sitter. Save on butter. Cut the coupons. Spend the points. Pass on Disneyland. Go to the thrift store. The only thing we don’t get is profit centres. But the CBC’s never had that privilege either so we’re good.

But what about strategic planning? We’re covered. From birth to post-secondary education, raising a child is the most important strategic plan you can undertake. Diapers to diplomas. That’s our strategic plan. And we work the inputs, deliverables and results of it every single day.

So far, you’re thinking my idea isn’t that bad. But what about lobbying? Again, we’ve got that covered. Try and organize a birthday party or secure time off to help on a field trip or negotiate extra help  for your kid at school. Spend a day with a neighbourhood full of kids taking turns jumping on a trampoline or playing in baseball tournament. Now that, my friends, is lobbying 101. There isn’t a government official who would have a chance against my natural born lobbying skills. If you can get a three year old to put on pyjamas and get to bed by 7:30, you’re golden.

How about delivering difficult news? Try explaining to your child that you simply cannot afford the latest Star Wars lego set in the middle of the toy section at Zellers. Add to it that your kid doesn’t understand why the debit card doesn’t just “work” when you put it in the machine. Now you’ve got yourself some tough messaging to deliver. In public no less. For all the other moms and shoppers and Zellers employees to see.

Ultimately, a good leader shows compassion. And here’s my shout out to all the moms I know, most of which wouldn’t apply to be Chair of the CBC despite their glorious skill set because, let’s face it, they have enough important work to do. A mom is compassion. We invented it. We’ve gone without sleep, without food, without privacy, without gratitude to get the job done. We’ve cried when our kids are hurt. We’ve raged when our kids are treated unfairly. We’ve watched quietly as they’ve fallen below our own expectations and cheered just as quietly when they overcome them. That’s what we do. Show compassion in every circumstance. Even when we’d rather be lounging by the pool in any resort anywhere close to the equator. We just get it done.

Ultimately, today’s moms, at least the ones who love the CBC unconditionally, grew up with you. We watched the Friendly Giant. Mr. Dress Up was our friend. We cried when Barbara Frum and Peter Gzowski left us. We spend as much time lying awake in bed with Peter Mansbridge as we do with our husbands. (Tisk tisk – mind out of the gutter please) We want to send Kevin O’Leary to his room to think about his actions and are tempted to show Don Cherry the wooden spoon (but we’d never hurt him). And today, we want to bake cookies for Mark Kelley and Rick MacInnes Rae and their lovely friends.

We’ve cheered for you. Feared for you and scolded you because we love you. That’s why you need us more than ever. So please. Hire one of us. CBC needs a mom, now more than ever.

But don’t call between 8:00 and 8:20 – we’ll be on the school run.

Love from us.


One Response

  1. […] also happens to have the answer to CBC’s leadership woes in why the CBC should hire a mom as their new chair (April 10 2012) over at her Blahgg Blog. But what about strategic planning? We’re covered. From […]

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