Dr. Adam Grant – Author of Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success, youngest tenured professor at Wharton, one of BusinessWeek’s favorite professors, and one of the world’s 40 best business professors under 40.
According to Professor Adam Grant, at work we all fall into one of the following 3 categories: Takers, Givers, and Matchers. You can pretty much imagine that a taker is someone who receives (or takes) more than he gives, a giver is someone who gives without expecting things in return, and a matcher is someone who gives and takes equally and conditionally. Ok – nothing mind blowing yet. But which one are you? Which one do you want to be?
As we discuss in this week’s episode, the research shows that givers tend to be the least successful. They often give too much of themselves unconditionally and don’t leave enough time for their own success. Hmm – so much for the nice guy approach! Takers tend to do moderately well, although over time their success dwindles as people catch on to their selfish approach. Well that must mean it’s best to be a matcher….right? Wrong again, matchers do OK, but they still aren’t the most successful. Well WTF guys? What do I want to be?
Ok, it’s a little tricky, but the most successful people tend to be givers as well. Dive in to our interview with Adam Grant to find out what kind of giver you want to be!
Adam Grant is the youngest tenured professor at Wharton. He has been recognized as Wharton’s single-highest-rated teacher, one of BusinessWeek’s favorite professors, and one of the world’s 40 best business professors under 40. Previously, he was a record-setting advertising director at Let’s Go Publications, an All-American springboard diver, and a professional magician. In 2011, he won the triple crown of prestigious scholarly achievement awards from the American Psychological Association, the Academy of Management, and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.