Do givers win in business?
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When I came across the official website for Adam Grant’s new book Give and Take, they offered a free download of chapter 1. I thought this was another lead magnate (an incentive to sign up for an email list), but when I clicked on the button the strangest thing happened. It just downloaded. No form. No request for my email. Nothing. They really were giving it away for free.
I realized that this was more than coincidence. They were living out their belief that giving would always return good things in time.
DO GIVERS WIN IN BUSINESS?
Can you be successful in business and also be known as a giving person?
This is the question Adam Grant hopes to answer in Give and Take. I actually heard an interview with the author about this book a few months ago. But what brought me to actually check it out was when Marcus Lemonis (Host of “The Profit” on CNBC) said that this was his favorite book on Leadership and Management.
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One idea that stuck out to me was the phrase, “The giver advantage grows over time.” Adam separates people into 3 categories–Givers, takers, and matchers–and showcases in chapter one how each plays a different role in business and relationships. Some are effective immediately, while others tend to beat the competition over the long haul.
You might guess from the title (as well as why I loved this book so far) which one comes out on top.
I’m queuing this book up for my Kindle soon, and if that opening chapter is indicative of how the whole book will be, it will definitely end up as one of my favorite reads. You can download Chapter 1 by heading over to GiveandTake.com.
Also, checkout the podcast where Daniel Pink interviews Adam Grant about Give and Take.
Do givers win in business? Start reading to find out.
[Edited and enhanced with the help of Caleb Waggoner]