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Becoming A Giver Essay

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Personal career growth and team growth are inextricably tied together. Althea Gibson said, "No matter what accomplishments you make, somebody helped you." On the career field there are three types of players.

Receivers... take and never give. These team members focus on themselves and rarely go out of their way to do anything for others. They are only concerned about what they can get from others and have little interest in others' needs.

Exchangers... receive and then give. These team members focus on keeping score. They will give information and aid, but their real motivation isn't to help others. They see relationships as an instrument to barter. Exchangers usually won't initiate giving unless they want something in return. When
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They create this collaboration process by investing in relationships. Zig Ziglar clearly states the essence of this approach; "You can have everything in life that you want if you just give enough other people what they want." How do you build yourself and your team by becoming a Giver? You can begin by taking these five steps:

1. Place others first in your thoughts. Healthy work relationships begin with the ability to recognize co-workers needs. Remember team goals and work to develop an attitude of kindness toward teammates. Show respect to people joining your team - even before he/she has a chance to earn it. Commit random acts of kindness.

2. Focus on giving, not the return on investment of your time. Novelist Herman Melville believed "We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men." We are linked with our team and our destinies are interwoven. As a result, when we help others, we benefit. Givers are like investors in the stock market. In the long run, they are likely to benefit, but have little control over what that return will look like or how it will occur. But since they can control what they invest, that's where they should focus their time and
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