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Give and Take

Narrated by: Adam Sims
Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
Categories: Business, Career Skills
4.5 out of 5 stars (37 ratings)

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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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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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  • 12-28-18

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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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.

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  • TPV
  • 06-16-19

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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  • Marek
  • 10-06-19

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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  • BPeter
  • 11-22-19

Great read! Highly recommended!!

If you're looking for tools towards improving your life and the world in whatever small way you can, then you need to read(listen) this book. I'll definitely be listening to it a few more times and implement what I have learned. Many thanks to those involved in the making of this book!

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  • Marc
  • 10-25-19

Take this book and learn to give

The world is full of Givers, Takers, and Matchers.

This captivating read will make you want to discover which type of person you are, and drive you to become something else.

Which type? Read the book!

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  • Seb
  • 06-26-19

Just awesome

Thank you to the mensch Laura Powers for recommending the work of Adam Grant. Well researched, well written, well read manifesto for changing ourselves and our communities through giving better.

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  • Martin Croft
  • 02-26-19

Spot the takers and turn the other way.

A delightful book of insight into the world of giving. Very useful to those who can't stop giving to their detriment.
an update - I had to read it twice - you hear so much more the second time round!

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  • Rodrigo
  • 02-09-19

Great book!

Nicely narrated and full of powerful strategies for becoming a better person and increasing your giving power in this world

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  • anonymous*
  • 08-23-18

Great guide for work and life

This book offers a positive and fresh perspective for dealing with work and life situations that also promotes social responsibility. A great guide for managers who would like to build collaborative and healthy teams.

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  • Jas Singh
  • 09-07-18

Why giving more will mean you get more

I've always been a giver, but tended to be door mateded which left a bad taste in my mouth but there Jordan Peterson and Adam Grant I'm learning to be otherish in my giving which is proving to be helpful already.

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  • gurubooks
  • 11-24-19

The book that makes you want to give more!

No we don’t give only because we expect something in return! Giving is part of us because we are others! How giving is and should be at the core of our lives, communities and societies is presented with powerful stories, facts and research. It’s really a great book not only to know more about the mechanism of giving but also why it’s so important both for ourselves and our modern societies. From neuroscience to social consequences Adam Grant offers a precise view on giving - and some of the solutions (end of the book) for our uncertain times. When many turn towards tech and new ideas -the keys for a better future might be just in front of us- generosity, giving and altruism can, and always did change the world. The good news is that many young people naturally and genuinely adopt this perception and ideas. There is hope. Thank you Adam for bringing more light on such essential aspect of everybody’s life.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-29-19

great book

I really really enjoyed it, an eye opener for me and a great guide for a more productive society

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  • James N. John Williamzon
  • 02-20-19

I was disappointed

Being in Australia I don’t relate to all the sports related examples - to be honest I stopped listening and actually just skipped to the next chapter.
Some good stuff in there , but just over told in different ways throughout the book. Sorry Adam
I hope it’s just me but I just couldn’t relate .
All the best