Your Own Name

In one of my roles I oversee a number of Children Services. These Services include three Early Childhood Centres. I enjoy spending time in each of the Centres to talk with the staff and view the programs on the ground, “where the action is”. I feel from a leadership and management perspective that these visits are important to build into my weekly schedule. These visits remind me of why we do what we do in the organisation. It does not matter how hard the day in the office is, when you walk into the centres and see the children smile, you cannot help to smile.

What I did not count on was the awesome experiences I have with the children on each visit. The children have taught me so so so much. Recently the children have taught me the value of one’s own name. When walking in the room some of the children will shy away, while others will want to come and interact. I am guessing that is the difference between introverts and extraverts. Recently I had a number of children asking who I was, what was I doing there (some initially though I was the father of one of the other children) and what is my name?

Once I advised them of my name, “Attila”, I asked them their name. The children loved saying their name. In fact when this started, children from all over the room came over to share their name. Even the shy ones came over and want to say there name and hear me repeat it back to them.

This got me thinking…… It is not only children that love to hear their own name….. We all do. I know personally I sometimes struggle on remembering names. However when I make the effort and do remember other people’s name they appreciate it. Remembering names and using people’s names are two things that most of us value.

About Attila Ovari

Attila Ovari is an Entrepreneur that loves life and is passionate about adventure. Attila Ovari writes, speaks and coaches to inspire others to better themselves through following their passions and chasing their dreams. He has developed his passions of inspiration, leadership and strategy into strengths through his businesses and community pursuits.

Posted on Friday, 06 Jul 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. Loved the part when all the children came to say their name!
    A service representative of a Ford dealer shared with me how she remembers the name of the clients: she associates each first name with something (triggered by the first discussion she had with that client). 🙂

  2. Interesting blog. Thanks for following mine. The advert at the end could appear in your sidebar, just paste the code into a text box as a widget. I decided not to have advertising yet. I have thought about it though!

  3. Your statement is true… Dale Carnegie says that a person’s name is the most beautiful sound to them in any language.

  4. That is so true!! Thank you for sharing this.

  5. Great post Attila, I really enjoyed it. Have a nice weekend

  6. A simple truth – we do learn much from children

  7. A great commentary on life and getting along with others. I enjoyed it. 🙂

  8. So true the joy the “little people” bring to us all, if we take a moment to notice them! I, too, find fulfillment in volunteer work at No. Fulton Community Charities. It seems to go both ways when you do “work that matters”, eh?!! Thanks for visiting our blog, and look forward to more reading on yours.

  9. I enjoyed your story! Thank you for sharing!

  10. Yes! So true. It’s pretty rare when your a twin, hahaahaa.

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