I am constantly coming under fire for spending more time on a project than what I invoice. Excuse me for wanting to do the job right, but spending the extra time to deliver something that I am truly proud of is rewarding to me and, usually, rewarding for my clients as well. And isn’t that what I’m hired to do? Deliver effective work that generates a financial reward?
I am constantly coming under fire for my generosity…but now all of you naysayers out there – all of you it’s-business-not-charity-sayers out there – feast your eyes on the Attention Max article by Max Kalehoff, ‘Why Generous People Get Things Done.’
Fast forward to the end of his article, “The mandate: To be successful as a leader or manager, you’d better help others, and hire and associate with people who like helping others…Your organization and your world will become a much more pleasant, nurturing place.”
And his sources are Forbes and an Ivy Business School article.
I am constantly coming under fire for my generosity. But it has never bothered me. I am happy being generous. I wish there were more generosity in business, in the world. I will spare you a socio-political rant about our rat-race driven, morally corrupt, do-whatever-it-takes-to-make-a-name-for-yourself-no-matter-how-many-people-you-leave-dead-and-bloodied-along-the-way country.
But, I will ask you to be generous. In your business, and in your life.