Doing this series on “The Go-Giver” has been an amazing experience because it has cemented the laws deep into me. I had read the book twice before doing this series but it wasn’t until I started to apply the laws and consciously work out how they applied to my life, that I began to see the impact they would have both in my business and personal life. Some of the laws came easy, because I was already implementing them to some degree and others were not as easy.
That brings me to the last law and I realised, by far, the most difficult for me to apply. This was one of those light bulb moments for me! Continue reading “The Go-Giver Law 5: The Law Of Receptivity” »
“Authenticity is the alignment of head, mouth, heart, and feet – thinking, saying, feeling, and doing the same thing – consistently. This builds trust, and followers love leaders they can trust.”
The Law Of Authenticity: The most valuable gift you have to offer is yourself
For social entrepreneurs, authenticity brings the greatest change and action. It is about connecting your head and your heart to do something that you are passionate about and when you do that, you will be successful and live a life of significance.
By head, I mean the thinking side, your abilities and skills and by heart, I mean your emotions, what moves you, what produces a strong reaction.When you can align your head with your heart, you will find your authentic self and work with purpose and fulfillment. Continue reading “The Go-Giver Law 4: The Law Of Authenticity” »
There are so many posts and so-called gurus on attraction marketing but I think they are missing the fundamental principle of what makes people attractive. Think about what kind of people are you attracted to? What type of people seem to be magnetic? It isn’t about little tricks or strategies. The type of people we are attracted to are givers!! This is what the law of influence is all about.
The Law Of Influence: Your influence is determined by how abundantly you place other people’s interest first. Continue reading “The Go-Giver Law 3: The Law Of Influence” »
The second law, I believe, is very applicable for social entrepreneurs because it gives us the principle to help us position our social entrepreneurship to be more sustainable and have the greatest impact.
In my post, The Go-Giver Law 1: The Law Of Compensation, I used the example from my business intentionally rather than from the Charities and Not-for-Profit Organisations I have been involved with. As social entrepreneurs, you most likely “give more in value than you take in payment” as part of a way of life. Social Entrepreneurs tend to be givers instinctively and have a strong sense of social responsibility, empathy and compassion. It is these three traits that move us into action to see change but it is the next law that will help us bring change on a bigger scale and be financially rewarded in the process.
The Law of Compensation: Your income is determined by how many people you serve and how well you serve them. Continue reading “The Go-Giver Law 2: The Law Of Compensation” »
Social Entrepreneurs are changing the minds of people all over the world.
In describing the causes of poverty, Muhammad Yunus
, founder of the Grameen Bank, has often compared a poor person to a bonsai tree. The seed of a bonsai has the potential to grow into a full-size tree, but, planted in a tiny pot, its growth is stunted. To Yunus, a person deprived of education or opportunity is like a bonsai. Continue reading “Mindset Shift” »
What does it take to become a successful Social Entrepreneur?
Take On the World’s Biggest Problems
Social entrepreneurs identify major social problems and so, as such, need to find creative solutions and generate new ideas. The bigger the problem, the more motivated they become. Social entrepreneurship becomes necessary when objectors find that appropriate governmental, private-sector, or nonprofit organisations for solving the problem don’t exist or are inadequate for the job. Continue reading “Keys To A Successful Social Entrepreneurship” »
5 Steps to Problem Solving
1. Identify the problem
Firstly you need to identify and name the problem so that you can find an appropriate solution. For Social Entrepreneurs, this can be a difficult step because there are so many problems in the world but we must be able to focus and pinpoint the problem that we are passionate about finding a solution to. For me, I had to think about what my purpose in life was and my passions. This took me back to school when I was greatly impacted by our unit on poverty and malnutrition. Continue reading “Keys To Successful Problem Solving – Part 2” »
What Type Of Problem Solver Are You?
Social Entrepreneurs need to be innovative problem-solvers to identify and apply practical solutions to problems, combining innovation, resourcefulness and opportunity. They identify major social problems and so, as such, need to find creative solutions and generate new ideas.
Often the desired criteria for a job advertisement is “Good problem solving skills”. Any successful business or life activity demands the ability to problem solve. Good problem solving skills are identified in the workplace as highly valued skills and employees who boldly face daily problems and challenges are worth more to an organisation than those who passively rely on their supervisors. Even in my own experience, it was the staff with good problem solving skills that I gave more responsibility to. I have qualifications as an Early Childhood Educator and one of the main areas of development that we would focus on was developing a child’s problem solving skills because of the importance of these skills. In my years of education, business and leadership, I have identified 5 types of problem solvers. Continue reading “Keys To Successful Problem Solving – Part 1” »
Social Entrepreneurs reap what they sow.
Often as leaders we can become so focused on furthering our cause or motivating those we’re leading to do something, but one of our responsibilities as leaders is to bring value to those around you. A good leader motivates others to action, but a great leader not only motivates but brings value to those they lead. If you bring value into the lives of others you will find that they want to follow, they will want to reciprocate.
Whenever you give something to someone, usually that person feels a connection to you. This is the law of reciprocity and can basically be summed up by stating the golden rule: Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.
However it goes one step further than this. The law states that whatever you do will be returned back to you or you will reap what you sow. In other words, if you want to create success for yourself, help someone else become successful. When your focus is to bring value to the world, you will find that it will bring financial sustainability for your business because it will be authentic and respected.
As Social Entrepreneurs, our mission or core reason for doing what we do should be to add value to the lives of others.What matters in business, whether it is defined as ‘social’ or not, is the value that it adds to society. Google may not be a social enterprise but its innovation has added great value to people’s lives. Social Entrepreneurs also need to look out as much as they look in. We can help business people in every sector recognise that all companies should be driven to add value as well as make a profit.
What value are you bringing to the world?
Social Entrepreneurship Versus Charity
Last night we had a Board Meeting for the Organisation I am a Director for called Empower 4 Life. We started to brainstorm ways in which raise money to equip the poor for self-sustainability. We discussed some fundraising ideas but the majority of the discussions centred around some social entrepreneurial projects that we could set up. Obviously, social entrepreneurship is my passion but when you look at traditional charity organisations around the world, there is a merging trend to use more entrepreneurial practices to become financially sustainable. Continue reading “Are Charities Becoming More Social Entrepreneurial?” »