Adam Grant: "Give and Take"

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Adam Grant: "Give and Take"

A Wharton school professor re-examines what it takes to succeed and finds many misconceptions. What we can learn from people who are both extremely giving and extremely successful.

We've all heard the adage "nice guys finish last." We're told that to get ahead in this dog-eat-dog world, we must operate with a degree of selfishness, and that people who give without expecting to get something in return risk being exploited or burning out. But new research by a Wharton business school professor upends those assumptions. It turns out, spending time to help others is not the enemy of productivity and success. It's the opposite. It can propel individuals along the path to success and create opportunities for the people around them. Diane speaks with author Adam Grant about why being a giver and not just a taker might be the best way to get to the top.

Guests

Adam Grant

the youngest tenured professor at The Wharton School; former junior Olympic springboard diver and professional magician.

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Reprinted by arrangement with Viking, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., from "Give and Take" by Adam Grant. Copyright © 2013 by Adam Grant.

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