Give and take book review
a book review by Stephen Roulac: Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to SuccessAnd my stance for this ideology has ever since persuaded me to believe that the acts of sharing, helping and collaborating with others would lead to personal and general satisfaction. However, the image that the business world, the field which I have chosen to pursue my career in, has created for itself is highly divergent from these beliefs. In fact, when we glance up at the horizon of successful people, we notice intimidating and self-centred individuals delivering powerful speeches on their achievements and ambitious attributes. But, when it comes to completing successfully a business degree or demonstrating certain skills during a job interview, lots of emphasis is placed on altruist behaviour. Therefore, when I was presented with the opportunity of reading and reviewing a new business book, I chose to set apart from the conventional autobiographies of the modern business leaders and explore a realistic and in-depth researched overview of the factors that are retained vital in determining the prosperity of individuals in business activities. Adam Grant does strongly believe that success depends heavily on how we interact with other people, and the winners are those who contribute value without worrying about what they receive in return.
Review: “Give and Take”
In his book Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success , professor Adam Grant examines the most successful individuals in a variety of fields and finds one thing they all have in common, they are givers. Even though these seem like giving ways, Grant brings combines anecdotes, research, and popular stories from history to weave a different fabric that the best workers are made out of. One of the ways that givers get ahead is through better networking, and not in the traditional sense of selling something to someone. Givers rather, choose to help others and because they give and give, rather than take and take, they have a larger network. In the short run this means a bit of stagnation rather than moving forward but in the long term givers come out ahead. Givers win in the long term because they build up a larger network and help those people get ahead.
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Adam Grant shows why he has quickly become one of the top minds in business and psychology. In this book, Grant explores whether "nice guys" truly do finish last.
Pay it forward—the idea to give and create value before you expect to be compensated for your work—is a central premise of modern marketing. Another human relations idea is to invest in the trust bank: Do good now, continue to do good over time, and eventually your virtue will be rewarded. They tilt reciprocity in their own favor, putting their own interests ahead of others' needs. Takers believe that the world is a competitive, dog-eat-dog place. By contrast, givers. Whereas takers tend to be self-focused. If you are a giver, you might use a different cost-benefit analysis: you help whenever the benefits to others exceed the personal costs.