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Be a Giver

October 16, 2017
By Ronnie Plyler

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:

  1. Givers approach most interactions by saying, ‘What can I do for you?’
  2. Givers are often sacrificing themselves thereby making their organizations better.
  3. Givers spend a lot of time helping the team yet suffer along the way.
  4. Givers are over-represented at the bottom and the top of every success metric.
  5. The best results belong to the Givers.
  6. Most people are right in the middle between Givers and Takers. We call them Matchers…they’re not typically leading anyone.
  7. Takers tend to rise quickly but also fall quickly. They fall at the hands of Matchers.
  8. The negative impact of a Taker on a team is double or triple of the positive impact of the Giver.
  9. Let one Taker on a team and the Giver will often stop helping.
  10. Success is more about contribution to the team
  11. The most meaningful way to succeed is to help other people succeed.
  12. 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.