What difference can you make? How can you make life easier for others? When was the last time you took a stand against something you believed was not acceptable? How does your business serve your clients?
It is widely accepted and scientifically proven that we actually feel good when we do good. And there are so many moments in the day when we can selfishly make ourselves feel good through acts of kindness towards others.
But what does this have to do with business? Well, a lot. Finally we are realising that the whistle blower may not be the troublemaker but rather the hero that finally speaks out against inequity or unethical behavior. We are recognising the benefits of empowerment and self-regulation in a workplace. We are seeing more examples of businesses where a KPI isn’t measured by a dollar amount but by acts of generosity and kindness.
And, as Simon Sinek puts it, it all Starts With Why. This movement has pushed the traditional vision statement to new limits. Businesses such as Zappos, Apple, Atlassian and Google are clear on their raison d’etre. Zappos exists to deliver the best customer service, Apple to challenge the status quo and Google to organise the world’s information.
According to Gallup Strategic Consulting reports, engaged employees are more productive, more customer-focused and less likely to leave the organisation. And the best way to ensure employee engagement is to have everyone aspiring to the same vision – the same corporate ‘Why’.
Every day brings a new opportunity to tilt the world a little closer to love and to humanity, equality and equity, and peace and kindness. Especially in business. Leave your mark on today and show you colleagues, friends and family how much you care.