John Spence, Human-Based Leader, bar none (Chapter 1 in Leaders: Their Stories, Their Words) wrote this amazing list called "What Should You Give"? in The Jungle of Life. With his permission, I'm re-posting it and asking you, what would YOU add to this list?
"A Damn: “Life is a daring adventure – or nothing at all” ~ Helen Keller
Help: to anyone you can offer it to.
LOVE: to yourself first… then to as many others as possible – you have an endless supply!
Respect: because EVERYONE is worthy of it.
Hugs: as long as HR does not have a rule against it – ugh!
Freely of your best ideas: the future will be unlocked through collaborative creativity.
Advice: when it is asked for… and then… carefully!
Advice: sometimes – only sometimes – when it is NOT asked for… and then even MORE carefully!!
Mentoring: help others to avoid some of the mistake you have made.
Generously: to a charity you are truly passionate about.
Time: to people who will not waste it.
Wisdom: to those who love you and will listen.
Yourself a break: you are not supposed to be perfect – let that go.
Praise and thanks: to everyone – often!!
100% of your personal effort: life is not a dress rehearsal.
A smile: pass along some warmth and joy to others.
Understanding: remember that everyone you meet is fighting a mighty battle.
Give, give, give and give some more. Embrace an abundance mentality by understanding deeply that if you just help enough other people get what they need – you will get everything you need.
I promise this works – I GIVE you my word!"
One that I added was Presence. Be present with the person or people you’re with. Pay attention to them, which means stop doing three other things when you’re with someone. Listen, learn from them, hear who they are and what they’re saying (and what they’re not saying out loud).
What would you want to give?