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Leaders: How to Get from Giving

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“I wish the goodwill from the holiday season would last past January 2.” Sarah said to me with a frustrated laugh.

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“You know that things will just go back to the way they were at work with power fights and back-stabbing and bully comments.” added David.

“Why is it so hard to get along? Why can’t we all see the best in each other past the Christmas parties?” was the sigh from Jessica.

We were getting ready for the party off-site to do the “Build and Give™” program and I wondered if all the fun and meaning in building these bicycles and giving them to a local home for children really did matter once we left for our own family gatherings.

The CEO from the entrepreneurial upstart company spoke about his reason for choosing this activity over a traditional cocktail party.

“I know from my time in the Total Leadership Connections™ Program that I have been really looking at the deeper reason for being in business. I have come to understand that we have an opportunity to grow not just financially, also personally when we spend so much of our time and creativity together.”

“Therefore” he continued, “this is an afternoon of learning and fun and getting new insights into how we work together as a team.
And from the getting there is the giving.”

The staff learned about the subtleties of collaboration as they did something meaningful for their local community.

Fast forward to the next day; a handful of employees took the finished bicycles to the children’s home. The early Christmas present was met with joyful shouts from the dozen youngsters who were able to pick the bike of their choice.

Go to the next day when the entire organization was presented with the photos of the kids and the bikes and then……

They were asked what they had learned from the team building exercise to build the bikes. There was laughter as they talked about the negotiation process when one team had three handle bars and no wheels and when another team could not solve the puzzle to get the last parts of the bike and who helped and how they organized so that every bike was finished on time.

They asked if they could do more next year. Getting through giving is now the motto of the company.

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