Obligation and opportunity

When you walk by a shirt that’s been knocked to the floor from a rack in a department store, do you:

  1. pick it up?
  2. pick it up if someone’s watching?
  3. step over it and mutter “that’s not my job” to yourself?
  4. fail to see the shirt at all?

Painting in unfairly broad strokes, based on completely unscientific observation, I’m of the mind that the situation above indicates how generous a person is: to the homeless, to servers and hostesses, to housekeeping at hotels, and to family members.

Some people look for opportunities to do good, others do it when they feel pressured to socially, and everyone else falls somewhere in between.

Willie Jackson is a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Consultant & Facilitator with ReadySet, a boutique consulting firm based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a frequent writer and speaker on the topics of workplace equity, global diversity, and inclusive leadership. Connect on LinkedIn or get in touch.

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