I already know some people are going to take offense to this, but that doesn’t make what I’m about to say any less true.
Let’s get right into it.
No matter where you work, you’re going to be asked to do some sort of charitable act. Maybe you call it give back, or community building, or reinvest.
At Pepsi, we had a relationship with the United Way. For Accenture, it was technology education at a number of local schools.
Those are great causes (in theory – I’ll get to why in a second) and if your interests align with those, then you’re set.
Now what if you are treasurer or board chair for a non-profit that doesn’t have a formal relationship with your company?
The answer? Don’t do this.
You only have so much time in the day and as a strategic careerist, you want to double dip as much as you can. I remember at Kellogg looking at courses and seeing which ones counted toward more than one of the majors I was pursuing.
If career advancement is priority for you, I suggest you look at your charitable activities the same way. Don’t just check the box with doing something. Do something impactful. Do something in a leadership capacity. That’s how you set yourself apart from you peers.
Am I a cold blooded capitalist? Perhaps.
Am I right about what I’m saying? No question.
In the end you’re your own person and can do whatever you want to do but don’t say I didn’t warn you.
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