Give and Take

Adam Grant is the author of Originals and Give and Take and co-author with Sheryl Sandberg (COO of Facebook) of Option B. He is a Wharton Business School management and psychology professor. He has focused his work on generosity and helping, job design and meaningful work, leadership and culture, originality and non-conformity, work motivation and success. His TED talk on giving and taking at work (and elsewhere):

  • Giver – someone who cares more about helping others than helping themselves
  • Taker – someone who cares more about helping themselves than helping others

Which group do you think you are a member of?
Which group do you think performs better?
If you could build a team, would you want only one group or a combination? More givers than takers or vice-versa?

Watch this 13-ish minute video and hopefully you will have some a-ha moments about yourself and your team.

And, if you like that talk, I recommend Adam’s other TED talk on “The Surprising Habits of Original Thinkers.”

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