To be a giver or a taker, that is the real question.
Who better to answer such a conundrum than our favorite and most beloved teacher, TED?
(Yes, we all love TED. There is no denying it.)
In psychologist, Adam Grant’s video, he asks the question:
“Who are the most productive people in any organization: the Givers or the Takers?”
What do you think?
I’ll give you a hint: Grant found that the least productive people in organizations are the Givers.
With that being said, I’ll re-ask the question.
Are you thinking, “Takers,” now?
Givers make up the majority of the least successful and the most successful cohorts of an organization.
How is this possible?
The difference between the successful Givers and the unsuccessful Givers is boundaries.
Adam Rifkin suggests the 5-minute favor, adding lot’s of value in small ways, while still getting you back to your own work in time to be a high performer.
Now, you know how to be a successful Giver, but how do we ensure that our teams are only filled with Givers?
Find out how to weed out the Takers in next week’s post: Part 2!