Bookmark: Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success by Adam Grant
There are three types of people: givers, takers and matchers — each with their own impact on success. Author Adam Grant’s research reveals some surprising results.
“There is something distinctive that happens when givers succeed — it spreads and cascades,” according to Grant. “Givers succeed in a way that creates a ripple effect, enhancing the success of people around them.”
This is good news for nonprofit and corporate executives who, more and more, rely on collaboration and team initiatives to solve problems and create value for their donors and clients. The author makes the case that giver values, such as helpfulness, responsibility, social justice, and compassion have come to play a central role in establishing and building relationships. Efficient organizational management and output depends on teamwork to get the work done. And it is in this culture that givers have more opportunities to share information and offer help and support where necessary.
This book is a must read to learn more about what is unique about the success of givers, why it’s a good strategy, and how the author’s research exposes two common myths about givers being “necessarily nice and necessarily altruistic.”