This wintry scene caused me to think deeply: What have I learned about goodness?

This wintry scene caused me to think deeply: What have I learned about goodness?

The new year ushered in our 8th year in the business of spreading goodness through good leaders. Good Leadership Enterprises, a dream that is growing from years ago – although I did not see “spreading goodness” would be both the fuel and the engine. So that begs the question: What have we learned about goodness?

1. Honor the cynic

Very early in the journey, my accountant said: I can easily see the value of investing in good leadership – but you lose me when you start to talk about goodness. I guess I should ask: “What do you mean by goodness?”

It’s that one specific question, asked hundreds of times by people like you that sharpened the dialogue, and chiseled the four Cornerstones of Goodness into: Rewarding excellence, Living generously, Promoting fairness and Spreading positivity. 

2. It’s contagious

Goodness Pledge Spark - Is your mood contatgiousThe movement accelerated when I accepted the wisdom and counsel of my friend Bob Brin. He said: I think the reason goodness pays, it’s because goodness grows – it’s contagious. It’s the multiplying effect that makes the concept so powerful. That’s why we keep hosting our breakfast, and writing these blogs – for the sole purpose of encouraging you to live and work from a foundation of goodness, because it’s contagious. In ways that are good for all of us.

3. Goodness pays

Four years ago, as I was struggling through changes in my staff and our checkbook, a very wise mentor asked me: “What’s the message you are committing your life’s work to?” I said, “Goodness pays.”  His reply: “Well, I don’t see it. You talk about it, but I don’t see it in everything you do!” After that day, we’ve made “goodness pays” the main thing. And ever since my life has improved, our business is growing and the movement has accelerated – thanks to you!

Richard Leider is one of my mentors who helped me focus on goodness.

Richard Leider is one of my mentors who helped me focus on goodness.

By the way, that mentor is Richard Leider, who is your speaker at the Good Leadership Breakfast on Friday, February 10.

Good leaders pause to reflect on the input of friends and mentors as a lever for leaping forward. And by honoring the cynics, goodness pays because goodness grows. It’s contagious!

Please share with me: What have you learned about goodness?