About Me, CV Harquail
I want to live in a world where strong, thriving organizations make ingenious products and deliver life changing services, where business relationships are trustworthy, mutually-affirming, productive and inspiring, and where people are joyful and engaged in meaningful work. In this world, organizations contribute to the greater good— not as an afterthought, or because they’re sanctimonious or naive — but because contributing by the way that you create is a great way to run a business.
I want to leave behind the people and companies that presume that to be an effective organization you have to be competitive, and that to be competitive you have to grab as much value as you can while dominating other businesses. I’m tired of companies competing to be "the best" or "the only" one, rather than collaborating to create the best for everyone. I’m tired of people dismissing generosity by treating it like a box to check off for a tax credit. I'm distressed at all the ways we ask people to over-ride their own desire to be helpful, to support others, to offer what they have, because they think -- and we tell them -- that generous behavior is somehow "not business-like".
I’m tired of all of us missing the broad range of opportunities that exist for us to create and add and share value, because we don't share the practices by which we're making changes in our organizations so that we can be generous at work.
I’m writing a book about Generosity At Work because I've learned that people really do want to be generous at work and in their work. People really do want their startups, their small businesses, their social enterprises, and their corporations to be generous as part and parcel of how they do their work.
We are missing the chance to create more value for our companies, our networks, and each other, because we aren't asking enough of our organizations. We can ask them to be generous and to help other businesses. We can ask them to be profitable and grow. Yet, because we imagine that being generous and being profitable conflict with each other, we ask our businesses to choose one goal or the other— when the truth is, we could choose both.
So I have embarked on this book project, and the newsletter and blog that go along with it, to gather together the actual practices through which companies are currently being generous at work, the inspiring real-world examples, the insights from folks leading generosity at work, and the questions that are helping us explore what we can do with generosity at work.
Although there are many movements and initiatives that support Generosity At Work, this is a conversation you are unlikely to find anywhere else.
Take me up on this invitation. Let's work together to figure it out. Let's collaborate to erase the (false) contradiction between making sure our own companies succeed and helping other companies grow, so that we can generate more for all of us.
Here’s what to expect from Generosity At Work:
Actionable ideas, behaviors that you now recognize as opportunities for generosity that you can put into practice in your own organizations
Some funky, cutting edge examples from organizations on the forefront of generous business practice
Proof that being generous at work is helping these companies become extraordinarily influential
Explanations of how generosity works, and how it can help your business and others' at the same time
Stories you can tell other people so they'll believe that Generosity At Work is not only real but also useful
A rationale for generosity that you can use to help others get on board with you
Insights from far-flung yet oddly relevant academic research, translated into real world advice
Reasons to be inspired and to be excited
Opportunities to contribute your own experiences, examples, and stories
A place to ask questions and explore possible answers
And the best part about Generosity At Work is:
Using Generosity At Work helps you feel creative, purposeful, authentically you, "all in", and as though everything/anything you do at work is making more of a difference than you could ever have imagined.
Right now, I want you to take one small step:
Sign up for my bi-weekly Generosity At Work Newsletter. (More details here.)
Each newsletter will share one Generosity At Work practice that you can put to use in your own work, in your own business relationships, in your own organization.
(If you want a more formal bio, please see my Contact page.)
It all begins when you ask yourself::
“What can I do, right here at work, right here with my job, to experiment with being generous at work?