Karma–Paying it Forward
June 16, 2009
Maybe it’s because I am trying to have a beach vacation at the same time as I try to work, but this week’s blog feels more like a Jimmy Buffet song than a business advice.
About six to eight months ago I got a call from a longtime client turned colleague-friend who had left her VP of Marketing job in corporate America and was pursuing a consulting opportunity. She requested our proprietary positioning process – the Summit Strategy Springboard TM. While we’re pretty protective of our processes, I emailed her a sample immediately – no questions asked.
A month ago I began conversations with a company in the Library IS world called Serials Solutions. As the relationship unfolded it quickly became apparent who I was courting—the same company my friend Marianne was consulting with. I called Marianne and asked if I would be stepping on her toes. She assured me that our offerings were synergistic. It didn’t stop there. She then proceeded to be an advocate for Summit and instrumental in winning the business. The best part? We get to work with someone whom we respect and enjoy.
I am always amazed at the synchronicity in life. I knew when she requested my help that it meant that she was pursuing an opportunity that Summit is exceptionally qualified to perform. It didn’t matter.
Paying it forward is not a short-term strategy, and if you looked at the link in this sentence, not just a quaint concept. Consistently thinking of helping others first without an ‘angle’ really does pay off. The thing is – and it’s a little paradoxical – you really need to buy into the concept that you don’t expect anything in return. Believing deep in your gut that giving the help is what’s important is what yields the reward. The new client on the roster? That’s the cherry on top. And with Serials Solutions, it gets even cooler. Our strategy there is to help academic libraries make their collections—and their facilities—more relevant to the patron base. That’s a long way of saying we get to help more dedicated helpers of people help even more people. Knowledge is power…
Know anyone who needs encouragement? Pay it forward by reminding them that some good deeds are rewarded – just when you least expect it.
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