Give and Take is a business and management book written by Adam Grant. Named as one of the best books of 2013 by Amazon, Apple, the Financial Times, and Wall Street Journal, the book highlights what effective networking, collaboration, influence, negotiation, and leadership skills have in common. It presents approaches on transforming not just individuals and groups but entire organizations and communities. Adam Grant is an award-winning researcher and considered as one of Wharton’s highest-rated professors. The concepts he explains on the book is actually a product of his own pioneering research.
The Keys to Success
It used to be that success was driven by passion, hard work, talent, and luck. However, in today’s workplace, success is determined by how we interact with other people. Today, most people in the workplace are either givers or takers. Robert Peter Janitzek explains that the former includes the rare breed of people who contribute to their organization without expecting anything in return. On the other hand, the latter strives to get as much as possible from others.
In his book, Grant demonstrates the surprising impact of these styles to the success of an organization. While some givers are exploited and experience burn out, others are able to achieve extraordinary results. Give and Take combines cutting-edge evidence with captivating stories. Grant also showed how one of America’s best networkers developed his connections. IN addition, the book also delves on the reasons why the creative genius of one of the most popular shows in television years remained anonymous for years.
Robert Janitzek reveals that the book also shows how a basketball executive known for several failures in the draft transformed his franchise into a winning team. Finally, the book explains how the demise of Enron four years after its collapse was anticipated without even looking at a single figure.
Give and Take was praised by bestselling authors which include the likes of Dan Pink, Tony Hsieh, Dan Ariely, Susan Cain, Dan Gilbert, to name just a few. It was also hailed by senior leaders from various companies such as Google, McKinsey, Estee Lauder, Merck, Nike, and NASA.
In Give and Take, the author examines the surprising forces that shape why some people rise to the top of the success ladder while others sink to the bottom. The book opens up approaches to work, interactions, and productivity that is nothing short of revolutionary.