Giving Back

Contribution: How Giving Back Creates Better People, Better Teams and Stronger Bottom Lines.

This is where we give back for no other reason than it’s just simply the right thing to do. The idea of Philanthrocapitalism has had such a ground swell over the past couple of years, and consumers are keen to work with and buy from companies that are doing as much for the world as they are for their own interests.  It is no longer solely the responsibility of our governments and NGO’s to make things right in the world. Besides, the rest of us can usually get things done much quicker and more cost effectively than large government departments.  Your team or family needs to choose a cause you can all get behind and get to it.

My suggestion is to choose a cause and take action with that cause once a week.  If you find that interferes with the flow of things then try doing something once a month.  You also need to commit to your cause for 6 months so you can see and feel some real change with them and most importantly you.  What you will expect to see by implementing this new way of doing business:

  • More collaboration
  • More focus
  • Improved communication
  • Better productivity
  • More work, fewer hours
  • Less I and more WE in the communication

At this point you might be asking, “how, if I add one more thing to my teams already full plate, are we going to achieve all of this?”  The answer is simple.  Part of the why we are unproductive is because we are stuck in old ways of doing things.  Whether its’ taking on too much “stuff”, not effectively communicating our needs, not hearing what our team members have to say, or (here’s a biggie) multitasking, we’re effectively doing half-assed jobs on everything.  So as  you add this one more thing to  your plate,  make room for it by dropping something that has little meaning, or effect and/or no one really wants to do it anyway.  If need be, contract out one thing from your teams plate to add “giving back” on to the plate.

Here are just a few things to consider for your team in their efforts to give back.

  • What fires people up?
  • What is a current issue that could use your teams resources?

How about:  Habitat for Humanity, a short term commitment but very energizing for everyone.  And you do not need to be a skilled builder to help out here.

Become literacy volunteers.  Simply education is our (the planet’s) way out of poverty.

Make a Wish foundation¸ offer career mentoring for teens at risk, volunteer at your local SPCA.  How about building a community garden that supplys a shelter in your town.

Participate in Pink Shirt Day. Find out who is selling Pink Shirts in your community to help support the Anti-Bullying Campaign. Wear your shirt on February 29, 2012 to show your committment.

At Christmas time or Easter, adopt a family, so they can enjoy the season of good food and family too.

Host a “just be CAUSE” event.  Sell scarves for me,  I am always looking for people to sell scarves so we can educate more girls in the world.  Email me at [email protected] for more information.

Have a great week.

Linda Edgecombe, CSP
Motivational Speaker
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Linda Edgecombe
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