I’ve gotten several wonderful notes from people that I’ve worked with in the past sharing their perspectives on what’s coming in 2015 for my best clients and friends. One of the notes came from a long term client who sent me a link to an article that Warren Buffett is giving two billion dollars to charity this year. Then almost on demand I get another note from the Gates Foundation sharing several accomplishments that had been made in the past year.
Finally I get an article featuring several Charitable Entrepreneurs including Sara Blakely, Richard Branson, Marc Benioff, and Bob Parsons and their giving plans for the future. I’m slow, but not that slow.
I thought I might share several traits these charitable entrepreneurs have in common. I do this in hopes of inspiring you to create an incredible 2015 and beyond. Since the holidays are almost over, it’s time to get ready for an exciting 2015.
The first trait charitable entrepreneurs possess is they see the big picture. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? Answer this question; tell me five other businesses you’ve looked at over the past week. I bet you would be hard pressed to name one, maybe two; charitable entrepreneurs are always looking outside to see what others are doing to be successful. This not only provides them with a much different view of the world, but also a better understanding how the world works together. This gives them a better understanding of our global community, and where the opportunities may exist in expanding markets.
The second trait charitable entrepreneur possess is they all do what they love. It is very unusual to find these charitable entrepreneurs doing things they don’t like. If they don’t like the way things are being done, they change the way they do them. I can hear some of you saying, “It’s easy to do it when you’re worth a lot of money, but me? I have do these things because no one else will.” The people I’ve worked with that are extremely successful have found ways to follow their passions in their career.
The third trait charitable entrepreneurs possess is they know they can create more of what they do best. They have very little concern for giving away their money because they have an abundant view of their lives. It doesn’t surprise me these charitable entrepreneurs give away their money. They know there is plenty more where it came from. Charitable entrepreneurs are very good at creating new opportunities and leveraging what they already have. They tend to be more appreciative than their peers. This allows them to attract the best talent to their organizations. The better talent your organization has, the more likely the organizations success. How we get the most out of this talent and ourselves will be discussed further in 2015 as we take on the strategic theme of building and developing high performance organizations.
The fourth trait charitable entrepreneurs possess is they are good at the four C’s of serving leadership. This includes connectivity, collaboration, communication, and creativity. Now I would love to share how they do this today, but there are at least several blogs on each of the key qualities of serving leadership. If you stick around in 2015, I think we can make it worth your time. These four C’s will help take your life to the next level.
Do you want to know more about The Giving Pledge and who’s involved? You might enjoy reading and exploring The Giving Pledge website.
My goal is to help all of you become charitable entrepreneurs in 2015. See you here next Monday when we start with how to connect to others in a more powerful way. See you here next week. Have a Happy New Year.