Give & Take

I briefly mentioned in yesterday’s blog how much I love business books.  I don’t get to read often so when I do I’m a power reader.  I once brought 7 books on a one week trip and then ran out of ones to read for the flight home… all or nothing right? My favourites though are the New York Times Bestsellers.  They’re always the easiest and most interesting reads.

I’m currently reading a book called Give and Take by Adam Grant and it’s amazing– so good in fact I think everyone should go buy it.  In short, it’s about how there’s three different types of people in this world: the givers, the takers, and the matchers.  It goes on to explain how each of those are different and how their success rates differ widely based on their personalities using real companies as examples.  It sounds a lot drier when I explain it but I swear it will completely change your perspective on networking, business ethics, and corporate social responsibility.

Still not enticed? Yeah I’m not doing a very good job here… Here’s a quote that I highlighted (Yes, I highlight all of my books and it works wonders.  I highly (pun intended) recommend it!).

“If we create networks with the sole intention of getting something, we won’t succeed. We can’t pursue the benefits of networks; the benefits ensue from investments in meaningful activities and relationships.” -Wayne Baker

When I was in university I can’t tell you how many times I was told, “it’s not what you know it’s who you know” and “network, network, network.”  We have it ingrained in our systems to meet more people, get more referrals, make more connections.  I think there’s a very right and a very wrong way of doing this.  This book taps into that, along with many different ways to give wholeheartedly knowing you’ll receive nothing in return.

Sales pitch: You can get this book at your local Chapters and Indigo Store for only $18.00.  Buy it today.




One comment

  1. Great blog Nicole! It’s not who you know, it’s how you treat those you meet that is important. Picked up a wonderful book while we had a long wait for our next flight called “People Love You” by Jeb Blount. If you get a chance to read it, we think you will really enjoy it. Hope you’ll get a chance to pop in and say hello when you are back in Kamloops. We miss you!

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