365 Days of Leadership: Tangible Karma Day

April 4th is Tangible Karma Day: a day to reduce the clutter of your life and repurpose it to benefit others.

The purpose of Tangible Karma Day is for people celebrating the event to de-clutter their lives and to give to other people who are in need. Tangible Karma is a company founded by Amber Nicole Dilger in 2005 and her idea was to recycle and reuse. One way is for individuals or groups to spend an hour of their day de-cluttering their lives and giving any unwanted items to those in need. Similarly, you can invite people to your home and gather together items to give to charity collectively. You can visit their website to donate goods and track how they are used to help others. From this company came the inspiration for Tangible Karma Day. (www.daysoftheyear.com)

The leadership lesson is simple, ones age is not an indicator of value. Cathy Davidson, author of Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live (2011) states:

Not a single one of these cutting-edge thinkers I found in the work world is a ‘millennial’. All were born considerably before 1985. They may have mastered many of the principles of the digital world, but not because there were born in a particular historical moment. Instead, they saw a need to change. They wanted to change. And they took advantage not just of the Internet as a tool, but of the Internet as an opportunity think about working together differently and better” (Davison 2011, p.243).

The age of a leader is not as important as the value of the program being executed. An eight year old collecting money to purchase a bullet proof vest for a canine officer is as valid as a 55 year old leader who donates her salary to charity as a means of corporate social responsibility. It is the willingness of a leader to make room for differences, to de-clutter their thinking and make way for new ideas. Leaders must adapt to stay relevant or find themselves re-purposed.



Reference: Davidson, C. N. (2011). Now you see it: How the brain science of attention will transform the way we live. New York: Penguin Books.

Connie Hanner is a “vintage” PhD student in non-profit organizational leadership and a veteran of both non-profit and for-profit organizations. Visit her leadership website at http://www.conniehanner.com. Find her on Face Book, Linked In and follow her on Twitter.

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