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Summary

Why givers - not takers or matchers - win big. Perfect for anyone who enjoyed Quiet or Thinking Fast and Slow.

The motivations behind today's most successful leaders and entrepreneurs come to a simple yet decisive explanation: there are people who give, people who take, people who match and people who fake. Our world is filled with these givers, takers, matchers and fakers. Amazingly, those who succeed (not only personally but for their clients and companies) don't take or match. They give. (Although they're not necessarily philanthropic.)

Give and Take presents the fascinating secrets to givers' success. The results are unequivocal: givers gain big. Jack Welch, Richard Branson, Jon Huntsman Sr. - all of them are givers. In a world in which so many takers, such as Bernard Madoff and Raj Rajaratnam, have ruined lives and reputations, this book will reassure listeners that the real power lies in becoming a giver. Since the vast majority of people aren't born givers, Grant not only presents the case for why givers win, he also offers their hidden strategies for winning.

©2018 Adam Grant (P)2018 Orion Publishing Group

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Honestly, this book changed my life!

I am a giver and enjoy doing so. However, I also fell into the same trap over and over again...overgiving to my own detriment, This book opened my eyes to how the successful givers different from the unsuccessful ones and truly has changed my life by changing my attitudes, beliefs and behaviour.
I have recommended this book countless times now, especially when I see a reflection of myself in the other person.
If you happen to be a taker, I also suggest that you read this book, as you will also have a different perspective after doing so...for the better!
Watch Adam Grant's TED Talk by all means, although the answer to the problem lies in the book, so don't leave it there!

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Excellent - A very insightful book

Really interesting content, very relevant to real life relationships and interactions. Great narrator. only minor comment was the number of sections that used American sports as the example - but that didn't stop me from enjoying it.

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Causation and correlation

The issue with Adam Grant's books, and this one I'm particular, is that he focuses heavily on a successful or famous person and then it feels he almost tries to squeeze his book title into the reason they are successful.
It often doesn't follow very well, as there isn't any scientific data to back it up and is based mostly on anecdotal stuff.
He lost me early on with this one and I didn't enjoy the book at all

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Great book

Really good book. Didn’t like the continuous sporting analogy. But would definitely recommend. Worth buying definitely

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Though provoking

A great book on a subject which everyone will benefit from having a better understanding of.

A book where taking away 1 or 2 key things will make a difference to your life, career and relationships.

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The Greatest Book of all!

After countless burn downs, inside fights to help others or not , this was the eyes opening book with life changing advices!

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Fantastic

Absolutely loved this book. You can guess what it’s about from the title but it keeps you engaged throughout.

I’ve read 300 or so business books and there are a lot of books that just recycle research. But this includes a tone of new studies I’ve never heard before.

It’s fantastically written with a great underlying story & narrative through each chapter and book making it easy to listen to. It’s one of those you want to keep listening to.

Thank you Adam Grant for writing this.

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Great book with interesting case studies

Fabulous. Easy to listen, inspiring stories based on solid research. Full of valuable information, no fillers

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Wicked!

Adam’s done it again, fantastic principals you can apply to your own life. Read it, you’ll get it.

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what are you a giver or a taker

this is a really good book for both personal use but also for the corporate environment.

it discusses how how the general perception is that some people like to give and others like to take and the Inbetweeners the matchers.

it outlines detailed research in the fields of this set of behaviours.

the book is very accessible it uses plain language and jargon.

and if you want to learn on how to be a generous giver but not be burnt out by the given process then this is the book for you.

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  • 17-03-21

Give and Take

Great message with fantastic insights. I respect the amount of research that has gone into the book.
I find it a bit long winded, in respect of the examples given and stories told.

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  • Muhammad Mohsin
  • 19-04-20

revelation

I love Adam and his podcast. the book was important since I am in sales and often feel like takers are able to get away in the corporate world
but it seems givers own the world

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  • 26-06-19

Great listen

I got a whole new opening to topics that I recently had thoughts about. The book really is an eye opener and I would recommend it to anyone who would be willing to listen

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  • 28-12-18

Good read

Very insightful and a good read for any career. The book challenges fixed ideas, with thorough scientific evidence to back up its statements.

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  • Sacha Khoh
  • 02-10-18

INFP Leaders

This book provides guidance for developing the future leaders of organizations.
As we move into the 4th industrial age, more empathy and grit is needed at all levels.
hopefully traits that cannot be replaced so soon by AI.