Best of the Business Mentoring Series — Give and Take with Adam Grant


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Throughout January, we’ll bring you the best of 2014’s Business Mentoring Series. This week, Fran sits down with Adam Grant, the youngest-tenured and highest-rated professor at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, to talk about being productively generous.

Focusing his research on organizational psychology and workplace motivation, Adam is one of the most acclaimed social science thinkers in the world. He has received awards from the American Psychological Association, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and more, including recognition from Fortune Magazine as one of the World’s 40 Best Business School Professors Under 40.

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Adam’s book “Give and Take,” published in 2013, made the bestseller lists for both the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, and landed him the cover story of the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His book shares his research on the different ways that we interact with others: as givers, takers, and matchers—and how those styles influence our success. “Give and Take” was named one of the best books of 2013 by Amazon, Apple, the Wall Street Journal, and the Financial Times, and ended up on numerous “must-read” lists for business leaders.

Episode 1: When Giving is Your Motivation

Is there a difference between the results seen by givers, takers, and matchers? Does one personality style have an advantage over the other?

1 Minute Preview — When Giving is Your Motivation

Episode 2: Identifying Givers, Takers, and Matchers

When people interact with one another, there are three styles they can take: they might be a giver, a taker, or a matcher. Being able to identify who is who is an important step for building a winning team.

1 Minute Preview — Identifying Givers, Takers, and Matchers

Episode 3: Building a Culture of Giving

When companies hire Adam Grant to help them, the first questions they always ask are about hiring. Surprisingly, though, Adam says that is not as important to building a culture of giving as they may think.

1 Minute Preview — Building a Culture of Giving

Episode 4: The Dangers for Givers

Adam Grant’s research has found many benefits to giving, both for the individual and for the organization. But there are downsides and dangers that givers need to be on the lookout for, too.

1 Minute Preview — The Dangers for Givers

Next week, we’ll revisit our session with TripLingo CEO Jesse Maddox.

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