The Generosity Factor: Discover the Joy of Giving Your Time, Talent, and Treasure
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The Generosity Factor: Discover the Joy of Giving Your Time, Talent, and Treasure

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A modern day parable teaching the joy of generosity, service, and relationships. In 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...more
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Published June 1st 2009 by Zondervan (first published 1902)
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Rachel
Quaint is the best word to describe it. Simple, and idealistic, it presents inspirational ideas, but doesn't really connect them with actual life. One of those stories where people could say it "takes you back to a simpler time and place". But Truett Cathy is such a great man!
Elsje
This was a great book to remind you of life's priorities. Also a quick read.
Kristy
Have you ever read a book and rolled your eyes so many times that you thought they would get stuck like that? Well, if you're looking for a book to experience the feeling, this is the book for you.

Personally, the thought behind this book was interesting and I hoped that I would learn something from it. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case. All this book talked about was God. God this, God that, etc. It was done in such a preachy way, I couldn't enjoy it. I kept wishing that it was more subtle and...more
Brent Blackmon
Not a bad read - motivational tale about how to enjoy your life by enriching the lives of others. Put God first, others next and yourself last. "Action is required"
All good advice, and a plausible premise, but, like many liberal-minded authors who want to be politically correct and avoid offense, he stops short of telling the Truth. It is clear to a Christian that he and Stuart Cathey mean Jesus, but he only uses the term "God." As such, the message can jibe with many faiths - in fact, any faith...more
Corey A. Jones
The Generosity Factor is a basic book about being generous in everything and is told in classic Blanchard story form. It's a very quick and easy read that provides a little motivation to give in all you do.
Michael Broome
Reminder of what is important in life and how God honors generosity toward others. Shows two sides - the one who is generous with what he is blessed with and the one who is not generous but in fact greedy with what he feels he has been entitled to. Allows us to see some of Mr. Cathy's secrets that has made him so successful through giving to others with his time, money, and love.The Generosity FactorS. T. CathyBlanchard Ken
Nhu Luong
" Heart " is an essential part of giving.
Also, there is a important and interesting comparition between happy people and successful people.
Successful people has wealth, great career and top ranking in society while happy people has sympathy, contributions and relationships.
Sundra
Did not mesh with my spiritual center at all. There may have been a passage or two that I can use when thinking about generosity or giving, but there was way too much fundamentalist Christian and patriarchal focus in this for it to feel relevant to my world. I could not stop pondering the division between the heroic portrayal in this book of S. Truett Cathy, the founder of Chick-Fil-A, and the scandal that the Chick-Fil-A foundation, WinShape Foundation, got into over their lack of love and gene...more
Jack Perry
Some people never learn to give, some people are just greedy and some people
Maeve
The message is worthy even though...
Lisa
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Jennifer Randall
This book applies wisdom to "heart" matters. To be a giver, you must first have the basics of preparedness intact. It makes the point that moving from success to significance does not entail giving it all away or going into poverty. The stories are so simple, yet I believe so profound - because I have since gone in to re-read some of the sections to remind myself, as well as glean further meaning.
Nathan
An easy read and a great message, but a bit out-of-date (palm-top computer?) and the dialog was a bit forced at times. I had the audio version and the generic names ("Executive" and "Broker") were like fingernails on the chalk-board by the end.

Still, it's an inventive way to get across an important message: are you in business to make money or make a difference in people's lives?
Terry Koressel
A modern parable....not the best written story in my opinion...but captivating in its "call to goodness". The best part of the book was the epilogue, when the Mr. Blanchard reveals the surprising truth that the story is not entirely a parable. It is definitely worth reading....especially since it is short and fast. It will have a positive impact on your business soul!
Jennifer
It's a "fiction" book that's very much describing Truett Cathey's (founder of Chick-fil-A) giving philosophy, which is Biblically rooted in what Jesus calls us to do...help the poor and the needy. Reminded me a lot of "The Ultimate Gift" by Jim Stovall, but better.
Caroline Cameron
Jul 08, 2012 Caroline Cameron rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those wanting to check in on the value of generosity
A quick and easy read, thanks to its parable format, The Generosity Factor will help you check in with what's important to you.

While there are no 'quick fixes' or easy formulas for being generous, this fable shows that the payback is like compounding interest.
Wendy Spencer
Fave quote: The Executive: "Some people think of generosity as an event. They get behind some cause and participate in an annual fund drive. When their big splash is over, it's back to business as usual. But generosity is an attitude. It has to be cultivated daily."
Heather Cato
I'm not sure I would say this is a non-fiction book, but it certainly isn't a fiction book. the principles are non-fiction, that's for sure. it really should go under the motivational shelf, but alas i do not have one.

Sheila
My preacher recommended this book. While predictable, I did enjoy reading and learning about the ability in all of us to be more generous.
Scott
This is a great book on the importance of looking at your resources as if you are a steward and not the owner of them.
BG
interesting read and thought provoking. found a bit artificial but surprised that this was based on true story.
Rita Kay
A quick read about priorities. More important to live a significant life than just to be successful.
Jason
It was okay. It had a good heart, but it seemed weird reading it in the middle of the CFA fiasco.
Karen
Generosity is an adventure. Goes along with the rule of the universe - you reap what you sow.
Galen Varon
Great book. I highly respect Mr. Cathy and his principles of generosity.
Clint Ledbetter
An interesting tale of giving back...not giving to get...getting to GIVE!
Jackie Gohl
Had to read for class and it was worthless
Lynne
Read it. Learn from it. Adopt its ideas.
Melin
An easy read and a sweet tale.
Ellen
Great read during vacation.
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Blanchard was born in Orange, New Jersey and grew up in New Rochelle, New York.He attended New Rochelle High School, graduating in 1957. He completed a BS degree in government and philosophy at Cornell University in 1961, a MA degree in sociology and counseling at Colgate University in 1963 and a PhD degree in education administration and leadership at Cornell University in 1967. As an undergradua...more
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