The world needs more givers.
As discussed in the last post, those who help without strings attached are often better performers and drive successful organizational cultures.
But all of us - givers, takers, and matchers alike - lack ample opportunities to be a giver.
Most giving starts with a request, yet we’re hesitant to ask for help, fear being vulnerable, and have been taught to value self-reliance. We can’t have a culture of giving without a culture of asking.
Adam Grant (again, Wharton School professor) thinks that reciprocity rings are one answer to our avoidance of asking. He has everyone in his classroom go around and say something they want or need but can’t get on their own.
This normalizes asking and helps turn people into givers. It also allows everyone to visualize abilities, skills, and networks. Try this with your executive board or Site Leader cohort: Site Leader who needs to train their team on trail restoration meet Site Leader who had a summer landscaping job in high school.
We’re most likely to give when we can trust that others will also give. Reciprocity rings ensure that even the takers and matchers among us know their better angels.