Item description for The Generosity Factor: Discover the Joy of Giving Your Time, Talent, and Treasure by S. T. Cathy & Ken Blanchard...
Overview The coauthor of The One Minute Manager and the founder/chairman of the fast-food restaurant chain Chick-Fil-A create a parable teaching the joy of generosity, service, and relationships, teaching that true success in business, home, and life comes from giving time, talent, treasure, and touch to those in need.
Publishers Description A modern day parable teaching the joy of generosity, service, and relationshipsIn the tradition of the best-seller The One Minute Manager, authors Ken Blanchard and fast-food entrepreneur S. Truett Cathy (Chic-Fil-A®) create a parable that demonstrates the virtues of generosity.The Broker is a young man on the way up the corporate ladder who has found a niche for making money through high-tech investing. His imposing home, his chauffeur-driven limousine, his deep-sea fishing boat, and his rubbing shoulders with leading New York executives create the illusion of success, yet deep inside he is restless and feels insignificant. He reads an article about The Executive, the CEO of a very large and successful company, who claims the greatest joy in his life is his ability to give to others. This piques The Broker’s curiosity. He thinks he might get a competitive edge by meeting with The Executive.The Broker is impressed by all the antique and collector automobiles in the first floor lobby of The Executive’s office building. 'He must really worship cars,' he tells The Assistant. 'Not at all,' The Assistant says. 'He displays these extraordinary machines to inspire us--to remind us that each of us is unique.'The Broker’s worldview continues to be shaken and turned upside down as he talks to The Executive and hears the principles that form his life. The Executive describes the plan he has developed that turns giving into a tremendous pleasure. He calls it The Generosity Factor--a way to give time, talent, treasure, and touch to those in need.The advice The Broker receives and the relationship he develops with The Executive provide a pleasant surprise and a unique twist on what it means to truly succeed--whether in business, at home, or in life.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.23" Width: 5.63" Height: 0.61" Weight: 0.53 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 2002
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
ISBN 0310246601 ISBN13 9780310246602 UPC 025986246600
Availability 0 units.
More About S. T. Cathy & Ken Blanchard
S. T. Cathy currently resides in Atlanta, in the state of Georgia. S. T. Cathy was born in 1921.
Reviews - What do customers think about Generosity Factor?
Simple and worth reading... Feb 20, 2007
This book is a delightful tale that can easily be read in one sitting. It is written by Ken Blanchard and takes the format of a parable, though it is based on the life of S. Truett Cathy who founded Chick-Fil-A. It is written in a similar style to many of Patrick Lencioni's leadership books, and I have found this format to be quite engaging.
The basic premise revolves around the imagined life of a young, driven, materialistic broker and a relationship that he develops with an older, successful, generous executive. Throughout the story, the executive takes great pains to teach the general life principle to the broker that significance is infitely more worthwhile than success, and he suggests that the only way to truly achieve significance is to generously give away time, talent, treasure, and touch. It is hard to argue with this notion, especially when presented so effectively.
One aspect of the book that was particularly appealing to me is its insistence on giving God priority and primary ownership over all of our things. Both Blanchard and Cathy are committed Christians, and this reality bleeds right into the text of the book. However, they were not overbearing with this theme, to the extent that some key principles would probably ring true to those outside the Christian community. Still, I appreciated their reference to God as the creator and owner of all, and they seem to suggest, quite compellingly, that it is ultimately impossible to embrace the generosity factor without an appropriate view and reference of God.
Ultimately, the "conversion" of the broker by the end of the story was a bit contrived and saccharine, but such can easily be the nature of parables. This book isn't particularly profound or earthshattering, but it is certainly accessible and helpful. Blanchard and Cathy offer some great ideas, a few that will probably shake some readers who come to the book without a heart of generosity. I have certainly been impacted, and I would recommend this book to anyone with a willingness to more fully understand the generous lives to which God has called us.
I liked it so much I got one for all the graduating seniors! Sep 8, 2006
This book inspired me so much I did my commencement speech for our local Catholic school on this book. It can change your whole attitude on life. I bought one for each graduating senior & asked S. Truett Cathy to sign each one, which he graciously did. A great present for any occasion.
significance is far more important than success May 5, 2006
I came accross this book while moving offices at work. It looked interesting so I brought it home and read it. Then I had my husband read it. I've told my 14 year old daughter I would give her 20 dollars if she read it. I suggest everybody in the whole working world reads it.
A Must Read and Must Way To Love Aug 7, 2005
Frankly, I think this is a dangerous book to read! Before reading this book (which takes only a few hours) I had never heard of S. Truett Cathy (co-author) & (I'm from the West Coast) but I can't remember a book that emotionally moved me more (in a long time) than this one. Being generous has nothing to do with how much material abundance you have but with the attitude of your heart once you realize how truly blessed you are and the joy that comes to your life in being a blessing to others. Dr. Phillip McGraw (Dr. Phil) said in his book, "Life Strategies," in strategy #1 about being a person that "gets it." He says, either you'll get it or your won't, so make sure you "get it." You may read this book and say, "this is corny, life's not this simple" or you might say, "a great story, I need to give some more time to my church, or the local rescue mission or send some more dollars to hunger relief organizations" and still not "get it." I pray that after you read this book you "get it." Ken Blanchard and S. Truett Cathy pray you not be "just inspired," but that you "get it!" Because once you "get it" your life will never be the same. You will be living on a plane that most people never attain in life. I truly pray you "get it."
The Path to Contentment, Fulfillment and Social Change May 20, 2005
"The Generosity Factor" may be the best of Ken Blanchard's many fine teaching novels. Through the use of an appealing story, Blanchard and Cathy challenge their readers to leave behind the capitalistic corporate model of materialism, that encourages greed and hording. Their recommended alternative is not a socialistic governmental model of regulation, redistribution and dependence, but the Biblical stewardship pathway of earning, giving and empowering. This encompasses more than treasure but includes time, talent, and touch. The authors refer to this as "The Generosity Factor" and they see it as the path to contentment, fulfillment and positive social change.
For this work Blanchard seems to raise his writing skills as a novelist. His characters are still stereotypical and his ending idyllic (which he admits) but there is a better dialogue flow between the personalities. The values of "The Generosity Factor" so counters our current cultural flow that they can't be ignored and their promise of a greater way of life dare us to embrace them. This book is good for the soul. I'm planning to order a case of these books to give away to others!