Are you giving back or merely writing about how you might?

 In charity, leadership

On a daily basis, I read on LinkedIn near Herculean career transformations, and many lessons learned … but why keep it just to LinkedIn?

I have always made it part of my career to give back. Even in my early years in Australia, I joined the Rotary Club of Sydney as a way to give back and help out those less fortunate than myself, as well as those young leaders looking to get ahead.

There are many ways to give back – you can mentor young leaders, even having a cup of coffee to share ideas can be beneficial. I’ve done a range of things, from holding a live Skype chat to schools around the world, literally bringing my insights into the classroom, and I’ve also spoken at Universities.

More recently, I joined the Speakers for Schools program. Founded by journalist Robert Peston, they co-ordinate free school talks that share unique insights, spark inspiration and create exciting conversations for students with big questions for individuals who have come to be a leader in their field or industry.

I’m doing my 3rd talk at Ruislip High this Friday as part of the program.

So here’s a challenge. Instead of writing about how wonderful your career has been, take a few hours out of your schedule each month and give back for real, in a tangible way.

Someone out there is waiting to have their life changed by your insights.

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Based in London, Practical Futurist and former Global Managing Partner at IBM, Andrew Grill is a popular and sought-after presenter and commentator on issues around digital disruption, workplace of the future and new technologies such as blockchain. Andrew is a multiple TEDx and International Keynote Speaker.