Over the past 12 months, I have had the honor of speaking at more than 30 events, and received hundreds of notes, letters, and emails sharing takeaways from my book Find Your Lane. It’s been rewarding to hear of the positive impact this book has made on people. In this post, I want to share one of the most popular excerpts from Chapter 8.
We all have the opportunity to make impact in our careers, in our communities, and in our personal life. It’s about choices! Think about it, the best experiences in our careers include people which came from making the choice to invest in them. When we invest in people, the ROI is off the charts… I’m not talking about return on investments,
I’m talking about a Career ROI – Relationship Opportunity Increase. When we invest in people, we grow too!
Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft writes in his book, Hit Refresh, that “empathy” is the most important skill anyone can have. How can you make impact this week, this month, this year… in your people zone? Hope you enjoy the excerpt from Find Your Lane… Chapter 8, Make the most of your journey!
10 Ideas to Make Impact
“One day I was having coffee with a business partner and she mentioned that she was meeting with others to build her network. She was in transition and looking for her next leadership opportunity in HR. After our meeting she mentioned how much she appreciated the resourceful information I shared but didn’t really know how she could add value to others. What I told her was that everyone has something of value to offer. The key is to understand what people in your network need to advance their profession. You can find this out by asking questions. Adding value doesn’t have to be difficult. Often times it’s the simple things that make the greatest impact.
The following are some of the things I do to make an impact on others:
- Connect people to help them expand their network.
- Share resources such as a quote or a story that made impact for you.
- Write an article on something you are passionate about and share on social media.
- Send someone you know a book that recently inspired you.
- Nominate someone deserving for an award.
- Volunteer to help at a charity event.
- If you know someone that is raising money for a charity, make a donation.
- Call a friend to let them know you are thinking about them.
- Send a personal note to someone that is on your mind.
I remember how it felt the day I received an unexpected package at work. It was a book with a personal note from Christie Linebarger, a friend I had recently visited with at her company. In her note she wrote, “Bruce, this book inspired me so much that I wanted you to have a copy too.” This had a significant impact on me. It was such a great feeling to receive such a small gift. It meant so much to me. I have received several books from friends over the years that have helped shape my leadership. It is the power of giving! Everyone loves to give, they just need to know what others need. Is your GPS leading you in the direction of being a giver? Think about ways to be a giver in your family, or community, or organization. Write them down and take action. It’s a great lane to be in!”
Last week, some of my business partners decided make a challenge for each of us to invest time in sending someone we know a book, with a note to let them know we were thinking of them. We met the next month and shared our responses. It just feels good to give purposefully … and increase our ROI… and only for about $20!
Since then, I decided to make one of my 2019 goals to write someone deserving a LinkedIn recommendation every week. I’m calling it #FeedbackFriday and have a goal to post 50 recommendations this year (one per week). Yes, it takes an investment of your time, but the ROI is best when it’s purposely investing in the people zone. ..and I am still on track!
Who are you investing in this year? It’s time to elevate your ROI!
Quote of the week:“The day you plant the seed, is not the day you eat the fruit. (posted by Kathy Ivey on LinkedIn, Sr Business Development Executive at RightStaff)
Call to Action: Take action on one of these ideas this week and let me know how it goes. Share this post with others… include hashtags #findyourlane #10ideas when posting on social media. I am confident you will increase your ROI, advance the relationship, and feel good about driving inthe lane of fulfillment!
This has been A Relocation Minute on “10 ideas to make impact” with Bruce Waller, for more information, call 972-389-5673, or email firstname.lastname@example.org or check out my social media Facebook and Twitter page. Also, check out www.BruceWaller.com to review my leadership book “Find Your Lane” available on amazon.