Alumni Author of the Month, March: Adam Grant, MS’05, PhD’06

Alumni Author of the Month, March: Adam Grant, MS’05, PhD’06

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About the Book

In his new book “Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success,” Adam Grant looks at why the way we choose to interact with other people defines our success or failure. Offering a new paradigm for our relationships with colleagues, clients, and competitors, Give and Take demolishes the “me-first” worldview and shows that the best way to get to the top is to focus not on your solo journey but on bringing others with you. Engaging, intriguing, and filled with surprising success stories from history to Hollywood, the book presents an approach to work, team building, productivity, and profitability that may surprise you.

We have been taught to think that people who give without expecting anything in return are at risk of burning out or being exploited, but the truth is they are often the most successful people in any given field. Using his own cutting-edge research as a professor at University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Business School, Grant shows how helping others moves beyond zero-sum logic to create cascading opportunities for everyone. He shows how smart givers can avoid becoming doormats and why this kind of success has the power to transform not just individuals and groups, but entire organizations and communities.

A few of the exemplary stories include how America’s best networker developed his connections, why the creative genius behind one of the most popular shows in television history toiled for years in anonymity, whether a lawyer who stumbles on his words can outdo a lawyer who speaks with confidence, and how we could have recognized the takers at Enron four years before the company collapsed—without ever looking at a single number.

About the Author

Adam Grant, MS’05, PhD’06, is the youngest tenured professor at Wharton. He has been honored as one of BusinessWeek’s favorite professors and one of the world’s top 40 business professors under 40, has received numerous awards and extensive media coverage for his research, and has consulted and presented for organizations including Google, the NFL, IBM, Merck, the World Economic Forum, the United Nations, and the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy. He is a former record-setting advertising director, junior Olympic springboard diver, and professional magician.

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