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“The most meaningful way to succeed is to help other people succeed.” So says organizational psychologist Adam Grant, who presents empirical data proving the benefits of staffing your organization with “givers,” people who help their co-workers succeed, and eradicating “takers,” the self-serving individuals who disperse paranoia through the workplace. getAbstract believes managers and HR professionals will appreciate Grant’s simple yet powerful lesson.

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Organizational psychologist Adam Grant, a Wharton professor, is the author of Originals and Give and Take.



“Takers” – those whose interactions are self-serving – conjure paranoia in the workplace. “Givers,” on the other hand, put the needs and well-being of their co-workers ahead of their own. Everyone acts as a giver at times and as a taker at others. A survey of more than 30,000 people from a variety of industries and cultures found that most people are “matchers” who mirror the behavior of those with whom they interact. Alas, givers often are the worst performers in an organization. A study of thousands of engineers, medical students and salespeople found that givers spend so much time helping others that their own work can suffer. Takers aren’t the best performers either; they peak early and tend to fall quickly when matchers decide to punish...

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    S. Z. 4 years ago
    Can definitely relate to this, good to see the data and research behind it. The solution proposed feels a little extreme, let's weed out 19% of the work force... they are people too I feel it maybe better to understand what makes them a taker and how we can change them into a giver or matcher. The 5min favour is a good start.