Adam Grant is a masterful writer that is able to engage, educate and inspire. His genuine enthusiasm shines through and writing style is very similar to his podcast making his books easy to read. The analysis of Givers, Takers and Matchers and how they fare as individuals across various industries and situations is insightful. Grant's approach of integrating his own experience, research, case studies, anecdotes, urban myths and studies from history provides a very rounded view and gently reinforces the learnings in the book. It will make you wonder if you really are a giver, and if you're not, you might find yourself being a little more inclined to give in the future. As a business and leadership coach I found the book an excellent reference and have applied many learnings into my programs. In a world where the self absorbed "winner takes all" attitude is far too prevalent, it is comforting to know that givers can be winners.
I've read other reviews of this book which complain that it is too lightweight and that it relies on too many stories. I have to agree with that, and I'm wondering how many of these stories are made up or embellished. The very first andecdote in the book relates to a chance meeting of an entrepreneur and a VC at their girls' soccer match. Delightful. And it goes on to relate how the VC funded the entrepreneur.
The problem arises when you read the VC's blog, and he says: " in my 13 years in the venture business I had never once funded a company that hadn't been introduced to me by someone I knew and trusted."
So who do you believe? I'm believing the VC. Ventureblog.com 09/06/2013
Very insightful and valuable in todays world. The examples give a context of the behaviours of "Give" & "Take" personalities, so you can understand the differences and how they influence outcomes. It gives you the tools to positively change your own results.