Be a Giver
Adam Grant is Wharton’s top-rated teacher for 5 consecutive years. Wharton University in Pennsylvania is the prestigious school of business for the Ivy League. In a “Ted-Talk” I recently listened to, Grant spoke about Givers and Takers in this world.
“Agreeable Givers” and “Disagreeable Givers” are both good…because they give…they sacrifice. Are you a giver?
“Agreeable Takers” and “Disagreeable Takers” talk behind your back and can bring harm the team. However, according to Grant, “Disagreeable Takers” need to be off your team immediately. Are you a taker?
I took a few notes to determine who you/we are:
- Givers approach most interactions by saying, ‘What can I do for you?’
- Givers are often sacrificing themselves thereby making their organizations better.
- Givers spend a lot of time helping the team yet suffer along the way.
- Givers are over-represented at the bottom and the top of every success metric.
- The best results belong to the Givers.
- Most people are right in the middle between Givers and Takers. We call them Matchers…they’re not typically leading anyone.
- Takers tend to rise quickly but also fall quickly. They fall at the hands of Matchers.
- The negative impact of a Taker on a team is double or triple of the positive impact of the Giver.
- Let one Taker on a team and the Giver will often stop helping.
- Success is more about contribution to the team
- The most meaningful way to succeed is to help other people succeed.
- I want to live in a world where Givers succeed.
Let’s develop unity on our teams by intentionally helping matchers and takers become givers. The results will be worth the effort.
In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35).
Be a GIVER…in every aspect of life.