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The Generosity Factor: Discover the Joy of Giving Your Time, Talent, and Treasure Hardcover – August 1, 2002


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (August 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310246601
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310246602
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #954,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Motivational writer Ken Blanchard teams up with Chick-fil-Afounder S. Truett Cathy for The Generosity Factor: The Power inHolding Things with Open Hands, a contemporary allegory about theimportance of giving. While the characters in this little parable (theselfish broker, his contented but poor chauffeur and the generous CEOwho teaches the broker to help others) are more stereotypical thanarchetypal, the values presented are first-rate. Through the story,the broker comes to learn about the generosity factor, which includesa consecration of money, but also, more significantly in our affluentbut over-busy culture, the gift of one's time.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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'A practical, workable, God-centered approach to moving from success to significance.' -- Zig Ziglar <br><br>

More About the Author

Few people have influenced the day-to-day management of people and companies more than Ken Blanchard. A prominent, sought-after author, speaker, and business consultant, Dr. Blanchard is universally characterized by his friends, colleagues, and clients as one of the most insightful, powerful, and compassionate individuals in business today. Ken is one of the most influential leadership experts in the world and is respected for his years of groundbreaking work in the fields of leadership and management.

Dr. Ken Blanchard is the cofounder and Chief Spiritual Officer of The Ken Blanchard Companies, an international management training and consulting firm that he and his wife, Margie Blanchard, began in 1979 in San Diego, California. In addition to being a renowned speaker and consultant, Ken also spends time as a visiting lecturer at his alma mater, Cornell University, where he is a trustee emeritus of the Board of Trustees.

Ken has received many awards and honors for his contributions in the fields of management, leadership, and speaking. The National Speakers Association awarded him its highest honor, the "Council of Peers Award of Excellence." He was inducted into the HRD Hall of Fame by Training magazine and Lakewood Conferences, and he received the Golden Gavel Award from Toastmasters International. Ken also received The Thought Leadership Award for continued support of work-related learning and performance by ISA--The Association of Learning Providers. Ken has been inducted into Amazon's Hall of Fame as one of the top 25 best-selling authors of all time. The business school at Grand Canyon University bears his name. In addition, Ken teaches students in the Master of Science in Executive Leadership Program at the University of San Diego.

Born in New Jersey and raised in New York, Ken received a master's degree from Colgate University, and a bachelor's and PhD from Cornell University. An avid golfer, Ken belongs to the Loch Lomond Golf Club in Scotland.

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This is the best book (other than the Bible) I have ever read.
Jenn Harper
This is a book you can read in one to two hours, but what great wisdom you will get from it.
Jeanetta Bearden Pollard
A terrific simple book that gives plenty of good advice and useful information.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "paul3010" on November 14, 2002
Format: Hardcover
A fable, a modern fiction, a true story - who cares.....the real story is about you and what you can do.
Great wrap at the end. And if you can get past any nervousness you may have (like me) on the subject of unconditional faith then it's well worth reading and passing on - inspiring sounds too corny a word nowadays for what is, actually, an old fashioned book - but i've taken the day off to read it again so it must have hit me good.
Thank you Ken and Truett - i will try, hard, you have reached me.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jodi Liparulo on November 1, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I loved reading the real-life stories of people who "made it" and then gave something back. It made me want to help people no matter what station in life I'm at. The desire to give it all - all the time comes from knowing who we are and there's an awareness deep inside that just spills over. It makes us view the world as an opportunity to care, not just a place to get mine. I think a lot of executives are missing this ingredient in their lives and this book would be of great assistance.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By John W. Pearson VINE VOICE on July 28, 2002
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Short, powerful and life-changing. If you already have a generous spirit, you'll be inspired and motivated to be more generous. If you have friends or colleagues,who, with encouragement, could begin to experience the joy of generosity--they'll never forget your help in pointing them in the right direction. I hope this is Ken Blanchard's all-time best-selling book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Todd Hudnall on May 20, 2005
Format: Hardcover
"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!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kosovar on October 29, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Once again the motivational writer Ken Blanchard proved that he can motivate people very much. This time he chose to talk about GENEROSITY through three characters : a driver, a broker and an executive which is our morale story from this wonderful book.
The excecutive advices the Broker that "there are actually four things one can give and in my mind they are all of equal significance = Time,Talent,Treasure and Touch". And then he makes it easier for the Broker by deciding to demonstrate an example of each mentioned above.
Reading this book you'll get the opportunity to meet some of the nicest human beings on earth. Don't miss out...it will only take you about 1 and a half hours to read it all and a lifetime to live by what you're gonna learn inside this remarkable book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ned L. Beadel on August 7, 2005
Format: Hardcover
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."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chad Oberholtzer on February 20, 2007
Format: Hardcover
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.
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