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Give and Take is perfectly timed and beautifully weighted...Above all, Grant's book is optimistic, a refreshing change after years of reading angry indictments of fallen corporate idols...(an) excellent book.

Backed up by anecdotes of success across a range of industries and scenarios, as well as numerous academic studies, the arguments of Give and Take are grounded in ample research...His writing style draws you in...it's an interesting take on game theory in a practical context, and the notion that givers can succeed is an inspirational one.

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Why givers - not takers or matchers - win big. Perfect for anyone who enjoyed QUIET or THINKING FAST AND SLOW.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Group (9 January 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780224729
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780224725
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
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"Nice guys finish last" as the saying goes. However, In his book "Give and Take", Prof. Adam Grant has wonderfully explained through real life examples that you can be a Giver and a successful person as well. Based on Reciprocity styles, people can be classified into: Givers, Matchers and Takers. Matchers are those people who believe in Quid pro quo / you scratch my back and I'll scratch yours. Takers are people who exploit others to further their own plans and causes. Matchers will make sure that Givers are rewarded and Takers are punished one way or another.

He goes on to divide Givers into 2 categories: 1. Selfless Givers and 2. Otherish Givers. The Selfless Giver is the one who's generous in helping people out but his/her personal productivity is affected and people usually give them the doormat treatment. On the other hand, Otherish Givers are those people who genuinely help other people but they're also ambitious and make sure that their own personal goals are achieved.

In Chapters 2 - 5, Prof. Grant shows us how successful givers have unique approaches to interacting in 4 key domains: a) Networking b) Collaborating c) Evaluating and d) Influencing

In Chapters 6 - 9, he outlines steps (once again using real life examples) and provides tools on how we can be better givers without losing motivation, burning out, feeling like people are treating us like a doormat.

I would highly recommend this book to everyone working in the corporate world. If you are a person who possesses altruistic behaviors (Not necessarily working in an NGO role), then this is an excellent book to refer to.

Even if you don't get much out from this book, at least you'll be better at identifying who the Givers, Matchers and Takers are in your Professional and Social Circles.
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The book has very good examples used right through, and one can read up on most examples on the Internet as well. It also challenges notions on how givers need not turn out to be bottom of the pack (yes, I tested as a giver) and gives useful tips. Highly recommended, and I look forward to reading Adam's work in the future.
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One of the best books read in recent times.
Adam has researched well before proposing his notion on how people are segregated on the basis of their attitude in an organization.
Inspiring and a well written book.
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What a great book
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Nice package, good one
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excellent
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This book just does NOT apply in an Indian context.
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For me this book was groundbreaking. It is second of the top five books I will recommend (after Blink by Malcolm Gladwell) to everyone to read.

You will relate with this book if you are (or if you know) a person who does for people without thinking much about yourself (himself/herself). Prof Grant has termed them as givers. The book is laded with examples from numerous fields such as business, startup, publishing, movies, legal, sports and many more.

Prof Grant will make sure you stay glued to this book until you finish it. His theories, backed up by research and woven into story-telling is something that will not only make the reading simple and fun but also will teach you a lot in its unique way. The book wonderfully argues why givers tend to be at the top of success ladder and the theories (backed by real-life examples) that are mentioned make sense and can be applied in life. Givers tend to create large network of friends and acquaintances because of their giving attitude and that benefits them in one way or the other in long term. He has also highlighted how not to become a doormat while you are constantly giving and that is something that everyone will be willing to understand.

Also, the book has a lot of interesting things that are happening in the world such as Kiva and many others which make the book even more addictive. The book is written in very simple English so that everyone can read it. The research that must have been done for this book is commendable. You will fall in love with Prof Grant and his ideas even if you havent met him.

Give and Take reads like any Malcolm Gladwell's and should be read by everyone from all walks of life.
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