Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success

May 27, 2015 at 12:50 pm

give and takeAdam Grant, a professor at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, recently presented as part of the Ozmun Lecture series at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona. His talk was entitled “Givers Take All: Driving Success by Building a Culture of Contributors”. A recording of his talk is available on the Mayo Video Exchange.

Professor Grant’s presentation was based on his 2013 book titled “Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success ”.

The main premise of “Give and Take” is that our old formulas for success no longer work. Hard work, passion, and talent are no longer enough. Grant feels that in order to succeed today, we must focus on networking, collaboration, and negotiation. He divides people into three groups: takers, matchers, and givers. Takers try to get all they can, matchers try to trade fairly, and givers try to contribute without expecting anything back.

Grant shows that the givers among us have far more success than the takers or matchers. Using a mixture of real-life examples and research studies, he illustrates that our ability to connect with others and give of ourselves is often more important than our own talents and abilities. “Give and Take” is an interesting mix of social science, economics, and business theory, and is sure to leave you feeling like you have something to give.

The Library has several copies of “Give and Take” available. Fill out this request form to request a copy. (for Mayo users only)

Entry filed under: Book Notes.

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