Are You Interested in the Needs of Others?

Last Thursday, I wrote an article that announced the new Helpfull Professionals group on LinkedIn; its sole focus is on attracting professionals who are genuinely interested in helping others. Over the past week, over 2,800 people have joined.

I started things off by asking members to provide specific examples of the differences between takers and givers. This wasn't a random question; the better we understand the differences, the easier it will be to accurately identify in workplaces the highly successful givers. Once we can do this, it will become much easier to identify and share strategies that make givers successful.

"OK, I will be honest with all of you! I am an absolutely selfish person! Yes, I help others just because it makes ME feel good!!!" wrote Elena Popova, and then explained, "That was the reason I care for Alzheimer's patients. They are that perfect example of people who need my help and enthusiasm, but they might never appreciate my effort to ease their pain and suffering, most of them do not know my name, the day of week, the season of the year or the year itself."

No question, Elena is a giver.

Here are direct links to a few of the other discussions people have started in this group:

Victoria Alexander-Lane asked, "What if..... we were a company and all of the people that have self-selected to be in this group were employed by this company. What would be the challenges and what would success look like?"

Lisa Cunningham asked, "As an employee, have you ever been compared to another co-worker or even another person in the same field as you? How did it effect you...

Dan Mendelevitz posted a really interesting idea, "How to be a Giver - Hire the Long-term Unemployed."

Here's where new members can introduce themselves.

If you're not sure which side of the fence you prefer (giver or taker), here's a quick overview of two potential career strategies...

Bruce Kasanoff (@NowPossible on Twitter) is the author of Simplify Your Future, a free eGuide that drives his career, life and consulting practice. To see more of Bruce's articles on LinkedIn, click the "follow" button below.

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