Growing By Giving … It’s As Simple As That!

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“Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward. Safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you”

–Princess Diana

Giving is always perceived as a trait that only a few categories of people or certain teams can possess; either the privileged or the socially caring ones that take it on them as a responsibility. When in reality giving is a trait that we all possess and mostly act on too without realising that we do it, because of something called “expected giving” which we will explore more in this series of blogs I present.

When I talk to people about giving they assume I am generally speaking about monetary giving which incorporate several things like charity; but in reality what I am talking about is making a difference on something big or small frequently. For me “giving” is contribution I make for the benefit of someone each and every day. It could be different individuals daily or it could be someone over a period of time which I class as mentoring, again a concept we will explore more later in the series.

In fact, there is a lot of research that supports the belief that the best form of giving is often monetary but most importantly social which includes time and advise in most instances. Whether it is helping someone through a bad break up, or a near one’s death, or an exam – all instances personal. OR for professional interventions such as promotions, interviews, reviews or even redundancies and bad news; it is usually this form of giving that is most well received and respected.

I want to focus this series of blogs on how we grow by giving as individuals and organisations. There are again various perceptions that psychologically drive these sorts of decisions. In fact, Harvard School’s PhD students in the field of human psychology Lalin Anik, Lara B. Aknin, Michael I. Norton and Elizabeth W. Dunn have also written about it in their paper called “Feeling good about giving” published in 2009.

This is the most fundamental reason if you think of Maslow’s hierarchy chart which is at the most basic level of human psychology it is somewhere on that pyramid and although it differs for different people; including changes its position based on individual and organisational circumstances it exists for real.

And so I want to explore this further in its simplest form and introduce something more altruistic about giving from my personal experience which is growth by giving, which I feel should be the most fundamental basics of giving or paying it forward. For example, whilst mentoring someone through a process issue I have uncovered a solution for a challenge of my own; another example is when helping someone at the cost of my time it actually did not make me happy, but made me appreciate the importance of time and streamline or lean in to ensure I effectively completed my tasks at hand and learnt to prioritise.

As Mother Teresa once said;

“It’s not about how much we give, but how much love we put into it”

Bhumika Zhaveri
Bhumika Zhaverihttps://interimarket.com/blog
BHUMIKA is a serial entrepreneur with experience in business strategy, change, human resources and talent management. Her expertise has been built over years in varied sectors where she has worked as a consultant. Most recently leading change programmes from a people perspective. Founder & CEO of BZ Consultants, simplicity hacker passionate about people, growth and change. Her unconventional thinking and mentorship have benefited many people with their own professional success and development through her career support services she has been providing on a voluntary basis since April 2012. Most recently Bhumi is involved in launching her tech start up InteriMarket which is an online platform focused on supporting the “gig economy” for B2B and B2C building an online ecosystem to enable relevant and better networking, collaboration and talent management. Academically she has obtained BA (Hons), PG in Project Management, MBA in Finance with a specialist license as a career counsellor and personal success coaching. She is also pursuing her Executive and leadership coaching at present and takes a keen interest in people, psychology and behaviours that advocate of her being a thought leader in the field. She is also an author and speaker on various subjects including women empowerment, entrepreneurship, talent management, coaching and leadership. She is a firm believer of success through people and culture, which she will be writing more about in the coming weeks and months. She is passionate about everything she works on and this is reflected in her energy and communication.
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Ken Vincent
Ken Vincent

Often when we hear advice that we should “give” it causes a caution flag to go up. Money? A major time commitment? The result is a wall of self protection and a negative result.

Actually, “giving” doesn’t always require money or time. It can be as little as a smile and “Thanks, Sara” said to the grocery check out lady. It takes so little to make someone’s day brighter.

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