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Does Kindness Really Work?

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Does kindness really work? If you think this is true, then you ought to test it out.

A friend of mine Kimberly Wiefling is the author of Scrappy Project Management, published in Japanese, and the executive editor of the whole series of 5 “Scrappy Guides.” Her favorite is Scrappy Women in Business, a collection of the stories of a dozen scrappy businesswomen. She works primarily with globalizing Japanese businesses, traveling extensively in the US, Europe and Asia.
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The Talk of Kindness at Work Used to Make Me Wretch

Okay, okay, I’ll admit that I’m not the nicest person on Planet Earth. According to the quiz based on Dr. Bob Sutton’s The No Asshole Rule, courageously hosted by Guy Kawawsaki, I’m 12.5% nasty – and that’s on a good day, when not jet-lagged. Kindness? I used to practically wretch when I heard the song “Hands” (video), in particular the part where the singer croons, “In the end, only kindness matters.” I’d laugh sardonically as I tried to imagine how kindness could possibly matter more than reaching this month’s manufacturing shipping target or hitting the next project milestone. But over the past few years, I’ve come to appreciate the power in the business world of being kind as well as scrappy. Read more about her article that she wrote that converted her. http://blog.projectconnections.com/kimberly_wiefling/2013/03/working-with-humans.html

Kindness Cards

Kindness cards work by registering them in your name once you have received or given an act of kindness. Then you pass along the card to someone else. When they give or receive they’ll register their card. The cycle goes on. Whenever, someone else registers their card and shares, you get an email saying what happened. Many cards have gone around the world already. If you buy a few cards, give them to your friends or clients it will give you an opportunity to see if they work or not for you. Kindness in action. Get your cards at WorldKindnessUSA.

What are your stories that make think that Kindness doesn’t work?

MLHarris

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