I don’t know whether you’ve seen or heard of the film Pay It Forward, released in 2000. If you haven’t, it is the story of a social studies teacher who gives an assignment to his junior high school class to think of an idea to change the world for the better, then put it into action. When one young student creates a plan for “paying forward” favours, he not only affects the life of his struggling single mother, but he sets in motion an unprecedented wave of human kindness which, unbeknownst to him, blossoms into a profound national phenomenon.
A truly simple concept but with major positive impact, which got me thinking, wouldn’t it be great to do this, to help teams through sharing practical learning activities that have worked for others.
Helping others is one of life’s great gifts. As the giver, you feel good and likewise, so does the person who receives your gift. Helping others is one of the things I highlighted in my article The A to Z Of Lessons To Make You Happy In Work & Life.
So, I’ve decided to launch a “Pay It Forward” feature on here. This is how it works.
I’m looking for people to contribute team building activities, that are known to make a positive difference, are practical, require limited time to undertake and little resources and are not copyrighted.
For your time and effort in “Paying It Forward”, your contribution will feature here, with credit to you, a photo of you, if you wish, a short biog and a link to your LinkedIn profile or link of your choice. As an example and to practice what I preach, I’ve kicked it off with “What Do We Do?” , an activity to help establish an agreed Team Purpose. Please check it out.
Would You Like To Feature In Pay It Forward?
If you have some effective learning that would help either individuals or a team and want to be featured in the Pay It Forward Initiative, I’d love to hear from you. Remember, the criteria are (1) the learning is effective, (2) it takes no longer than an hour to undertake, (3) you don’t need too many resources and (4) you are able to share it freely.
If you do, please email me via firstname.lastname@example.org or give me a call on 00447966306903 or use the Contact Form and I’ll get back to you with a simple template to help you contribute, which should take no more than 15-20 minutes of your time.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Wishing you continued success and happiness in work and life.
Yours Behaviourally, Nick