Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success



This book by Adam Grant ties perfectly into my previous post Why “help” is the most powerful four-letter word.

For generations we have focused on the individual drivers of success: passion, hard work, talent and luck. But in today’s dramatically reconfigured world, success is increasingly dependent on how we interact with others.  Adam Grant, Wharton’s highest rated professor and a writer whom Malcolm Gladwell describes as one of my academic heroes, examines whether giving is the secret to getting ahead. 

Today it’s all about the three C’s: collaboration, communications, and creativity. Read this book to learn all you need to know to collaborate successfully, and more importantly, why you need to collaborate with others to be successful yourself.

As they say in sports, “there is no I in team.” And some of you may remember how the New England Patriots broke with years of tradition at the 2001 Super Bowl game when instead of introducing their offensive players individually by name the entire 54 man squad came out introduced as “the Patriots team.” I knew at that moment that the Patriots would defeat the heavily favored Rams, who were filled with superstar individuals.

Helping others is the way to win! Read Adam Grant’s book to learn how.



Author: Mentorphile

Mentor, coach, and advisor to entrepreneurs, small businesses, and non-profit organizations. General manager with significant experience in both for-profit and non-profit organizations. Focus on media and information. On founding team of four venture-backed companies. Currently Chairman of Popsleuth, Inc., maker of the Endorfyn app for keeping fans updated on new stuff from their favorite artists.

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