2013 Churchill Club Awards and A Lesson

Churchill Club logoNote: This posting is based on my weekly “Thank God It’s Monday” that helps you and your company thrive!

This week’s focus: giving back

This past week, I joined a Churchill Club dinner here in Silicon Valley as a guest of Nair & Co. The Churchill Club offered the following awards:

  • Game Changer Award: Telsa Motors for indispensable technology and business innovation. “You changed how things are done or viewed and there’s no going back.”
  • Legendary Leader Award: Peter Diamandis for inspirational leadership and contributions to others’ success. “Couldn’t have done it without you.”
  • Magical Team Award: NASA Mars Rover Curiosity Team for collaborative breakthroughs that resulted in an irresistible product or service:  “You guys nailed it!”
  • Global Benefactor Award: Marc Benioff, Chairman and CEO of Salesforce.com, for irrepressible vision and impact on society: “Thanks for thinking big.”

I want to extend my heartiest congratulations to these very worthy award winners and to the Churchill Club for putting on such an inspiring event. I want to touch on the point Marc Benioff made.

Marc believes that entrepreneurs and large enterprises alike owe it to give something back to the world and instantiate that notion of giving in your company culture from Day 1. If you’re starting late, Marc would urge you to start now. Make giving back a priority. You can learn more about this at the Saleforce.com Foundation website. One of my favorite giving sites is B1G1.

Marc’s point is that giving back helps him and his company thrive in dimensions beyond financial performance. He’s right.

Thought for the week:

“Hit a speed bump fast enough and it becomes a launch ramp.” – David Newman
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What do you think? I welcome your comments!
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Dave Gardner, Gardner & Associates Consulting http://www.gardnerandassoc.com

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