Random Act of Kindness Day

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Today is Random Act of Kindness Day, so we asked this month’s contributors to Director magazine to share their views…

Stephen Martin who answers our Random Act of Kindness Day questionStephen Martin, director general, IoD
The kindest thing someone has done for me was take me off a redundancy list because they believed in me and wanted me to fulfil my potential with the company. He later supported my development by sending me on world-class training programmes. His name is Richard Webster, and he was one of the first 100 to qualify as a chartered director. @the_IoD
Read: Stephen Martin talks about the challenges of his new role


Gilad Tiefenbrun who answers our Random Act of Kindness Day questionGilad Tiefenbrun, managing director, Linn
In 2002, I delivered a challenging project and took a weekend break in Stockholm to unwind. My boss recommended a restaurant and booked us in for lunch. At the end of an incredible meal, the owner came over with an envelope. Inside was a note from my boss thanking me for my hard work – lunch was on him. It brought tears to my eyes. @LinnGilad
Read: Gilad Tiefenbrun discusses music systems manufacturer Linn


Talita Ferreria who answers our Random Act of Kindness Day questionTalita Ferreira, founder and CEO, Authentic Change Solutions
I think the kindest thing is when people reinforce to me that I can do it. My biggest challenge and my biggest fear was leaving corporate life. But when I told people about the idea for my book they affirmed they all believed it would be a great success. That was like blowing energy into me, giving me more energy to succeed. @AuthenticityRes
Read: Former CFO of BMW Group UK, Talita Ferreira, reveals what she has learnt in business


Fleurette Mulcachy who answers our Random Act of Kindness Day questionFleurette Mulcahy, co-founder, Attollo Lingerie
Anxious about heading into our first investment negotiation with a wealth management fund, my partner and I emailed one of our mentors for last-minute advice. To our surprise, he jumped on the next train to London to give us words of wisdom and the pep talk we needed to smash it! He went above and beyond to support us. @Fleurette_M


James Murray who answers our Random Act of Kindness Day question

James Murray, CEO, Send for Help
We’ve got some very loyal staff here who have had to come in at very short notice. We have had staff in our monitoring centre call in sick on Christmas Day, and the manager even gave up his Christmas lunch just to make sure that the service continued. So I would say gestures like that from our staff are probably the main thing. @send_for_help


Sophie Carr who answers our Random Act of Kindness Day questionSophie Carr, founder, Bays Consulting
Not just once, but over and over again, the late Dr Chris Sullivan, former MD of Evodia Limited, freely gave me his time and willingly shared his knowledge of building a company, encouraging me to aim higher, giving sage (often, brutally honest) advice and reminding me, when needed, of why I set up my own company. @SophieBays

On Random Act of Kindness Day…

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