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Why givers (not takers) usually win

The most successful people in business have talent and luck. But author Adam Grant says they share another quality: They give back.

There’s a reason why the biblical phrase “it is better to give than to receive” is so popular. Just ask Wharton business professor Adam Grant. While hard work, talent, and luck matter, Grant’s new book Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success suggests the most successful people in business have something else in common: They give back.

The book, released on April 9, has the markings of a classic: accessible writing, incredibly detailed research, character-driven examples. (I just finished it in a two-day sprint, and I highly recommend it.) One of the themes of Give and Take is that giving tends to increase overall collaboration. In a creative company, for example, when people share ideas with the group and worry less about taking credit for projects, it helps the entire business be more successful.

Recently, I caught up with the author and asked if he could contextualize some of the ideas in the book for small businesses and start-ups.

…to read this article in full, visit leading US small business resource, Inc.



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