Adam Grant is the youngest full professor and a top-rated teacher at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. I found his book, Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success, to be very inspiring and somewhat counterintuitive. Here are my takeaways:
- Givers prefer to give more than they get; Takers like to get more than they give; and Matchers effectively give to get.
- Givers get lucky.
- Givers show respect for the people who speak up, rather than belittling them.
- When star performers move to a different firm without the rest of their team, their performance drops.
- When Givers put the group’s interests ahead of their own, they signal that their primary goal is to benefit the group.
- Show up, work hard, be kind, and take the high road.
- Even well-intentioned people tend to overvalue their own contributions and undervalue those of others.
- Students (people) perform better when their teacher (leader) believes in them and expresses that they have really high potential.
- Givers will avoid the escalation of commitment to a losing course of action (sunk cost fallacy) to protect their image of looking good.
How are Givers, Takers, and Matchers affecting your team?