One of the dimensions it reflects is generosity; the openness to give to others without expecting anything in return. I’ve been reflecting on all of the ways we are and can be generous with others personally and professionally. In Invisible Acts of Power Caroline Myss writes, “Your intuition automatically reads the energy of everyone around you.” I wonder how often we pay attention to our intuitive hits day-to-day. How often do we act on those hits? What happens when we do?
Generosity in the workplace often takes the form of delegation. I view delegation as an opportunity to develop someone. If you manage or supervise 10 people and you can only comfortably delegate to one person, then who is number two? Initiative must be developed, not just expected. It is a process. (Feel free to call and inquire).
Listening is an act of generosity. Being present, receptive, and responsive means being willing to receive. Listening means being on the receiving end of someone’s thoughts and questions. It is an opportunity to hear, understand, support and develop or mentor someone. Deep listening requires being fully present, not solving their problem for them while they are talking. The potential that is possible is allowing them to work through their own ideas and solve their own problems. Listening takes practice. Being present, receptive, and responsive takes practice. It is an art.
Receiving is an act of generosity. At the risk of generalizing, I notice women in particular believe giving is better than receiving. We forget that giving and receiving are on the same continuum. It is a flow, someone has to receive. What allows us to be willing to receive? It is an act of kindness.
There are invisible acts of generosity happening everywhere, all day every day. When we become intentional in our willingness to give, receive, support, and be supportable, we create workplaces and lives that rise to a level of care and kindness sorely needed these days. And….the two for one….we create cultures of connection, kindness, compassion and engagement….which impacts results positively.
What are your acts of generosity? In what ways are you willing to receive? What does that look like, sound like, and feel like? Share this, share with us, we can learn together. Let’s make that an intention.