Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success

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Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2013 - 305 pages

Everybody knows that hard work, luck and talent each plays a role in our working lives. In his landmark book, Adam Grant illuminates the importance of a fourth, increasingly critical factor - our reciprocity, the way we interact with others when exchanging value. GIVE AND TAKE changes our fundamental understanding of why we succeed, offering a new model for our relationships with colleagues, clients and competitors. It demolishes the argument of the 'me first' worldview and shows that the best way to get to the top is to focus not on your solo journey but on bringing others with you.

Engaging, intriguing and filled with surprising success stories from history to Hollywood, GIVE AND TAKE presents an approach to work, team building, productivity and profitability that is nothing short of revolutionary. We have been taught to think that people who give without expecting anything in return are at risk of being exploited, or burning out, but the truth is that they are often the most successful people in any given field.

Using his own cutting-edge research as a professor at Wharton Business School, Adam Grant shows how helping others can lead to greater personal success. He demonstrates how smart givers avoid becoming doormats, and why this kind of success has the power to transform not just individuals and groups, but entire organisations and communities.

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User Review  - Skybalon - LibraryThing

A well written and researched book that shows that acting in a manner that looks out for others results in success. Not always, and one must still understand one's goals, but it works. Well worth the read. Read full review

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User Review  - deo808 - LibraryThing

It's the topic I was needing to read. The author goes on to conclude that giving, when done right, it's a powerful way to succeed in life. Read full review

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About the author (2013)

Adam Grant is an organisational psychologist and the youngest tenured professor at Wharton Business School. He has won numerous research and teaching awards, earned a research fellowship from the National Science Foundation, and consulted and presented for organisations including Google, the NFL, IBM, Merck, the World Economic Forum, the United Nations and the US Army and Navy. He lives in Philadelphia.

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