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Leadership Tips: Stop Stalling, It’s Time to Give Back

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When I talk with people in my network, they often say they want to give back more – give their time, their money, their expertise. But…they aren’t organized around it. Or…other things come up. Or…there are just too many options. And then, nothing happens.

Well, now is the time to put some process around it and give back! Tomorrow is National Philanthropy Day. The day is meant to be a celebration of philanthropy—giving, volunteering and charitable engagement—that highlights the accomplishments, large and small, that philanthropy—and all those involved in the philanthropic process—makes to our society and our world.

So, I ask: Are you giving back to your community at your desired capacity?  

This week’s tip is to create a plan, if you aren’t. It doesn’t have to be in the form of dollars. There are so many ways to give back:

    • Mentor a young person at your company
    • Donate time at a local food bank or shelter
    • Offer to help someone in your neighborhood in need

If you are a leader, consider giving back together as your next team bonding event. UnitedHealth conducted research that shows 64 percent of employees who do volunteer work (PDF) found their workplace relationships were strengthened by the experience. It is a great way to add value all around!

How do you currently give back to your community? How will you in the future?


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