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Social Responsibility: Companies that Inspire

Companies are expected to be socially responsible today. Some do it better than others by linking their brands to what truly helps people, while being relevant to their corporate purpose.

A few standouts, in our view:

  • VH1’s Save the Music Foundation raises money to provide instruments to schools who cannot afford to keep their music programs alive.  Not only does Save the Music benefit children, it  gives back to the music community, therefore, serving a much larger purpose.
  • As a huge entity, Gap boasts many programs that ladder up to its greater goals. It buckets its efforts into four categories – environment, community, employees and human rights.  Within each of these categories, Gap demonstrates its commitment to the communities in which it works and lives. Gap has a longstanding commitment to social responsibility which is made evident when reading the reports providing an overview of its efforts.
  • Zappos is notable in the socially responsible arena. In fact, it’s one of the companies willing to pay its employees for anytime they take off to volunteer. And its ‘Wow’ recognition program certainly fosters a “do good” environment, with employees at any level “reporting” when they notice an employee doing something especially great for a colleague. The punishment for being caught in the act? A cash bonus of up to $50.

Companies should strive to give back in a way that does not just benefit themselves or their image. For instance, the reason Save the Music is so incredible is that it loudly echoes the core values of VH1 – bringing music to people.  It is simple. Rather than reaching for something attention-getting but disconnected from their purpose, companies should look for a cause that provides value to what they stand for as an organization.

We here at DGC strive to also do our part for social good. In fact, we have a number of volunteer engagements taking place this fall that will continue to bring us closer to the community we work and play. Stay tuned for more details!

Wisdom in the Workplace

Good advice isn’t always easy to find. But sometimes there are people you work with, at industry associations, in books, or even family that can dish out advice when you need it most and leave a lasting impression in the process. These words of wisdom can often be the driving force behind bigger business philosophies and life lessons that encourage individuals to find new ways to achieve success.

In a recent article from Business Insider, the world’s most recognizable executives shared the best career advice that they’ve received over the years. Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google, said the best advice he ever received was to say “yes” to things. Maureen Chiquet, global CEO of Chanel quoted Mickey Drexler, CEO of Gap, who said “you’ve gotta learn to listen.”

No matter what—or who—is your source of inspiration, everyone has that one memorable motto that helps them get out of bed in the morning and attack the work-day. Here are few gems from the DGC team:

  • “A handshake says everything about a person – make it firm.”
  • “Never hear the first ‘no.’”
  •  “Just because we work nine-hour days doesn’t mean you have a full nine hours to accomplish everything on your to-do list. Plan for interruptions.”
  • “Asking questions does not make you stupid—it makes you inquisitive and thorough.”
  •  “Hire people who are smarter than you.”
  • “Get on the board of a powerful women’s organization.”
  • “Make sure that every time you make a mistake you know what you’ve learned and you try your best to apply the learnings next time.”
  • “The day you stop learning is the day you should quit.”

Whether you’re fine-tuning your first-impression methods or extending your education, the key to a successful career is growth. Richard Branson, founder and chairman of Virgin Group said it best: “My mother always taught me never to look back in regret but to move on to the next thing.”

What’s the best work advice you live by?

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