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March 29th, 2013

Focusing on the contribution of our work to other peoples’ lives has the potential…

By Ron Nakamoto

Focusing on the contribution of our work to other peoples’ lives has the potential to make us more productive than thinking about helping ourselves – Adam Grant, Wharton Business School

A lengthy but fascinating look at contribution as an asset, much as #empoweredwealth has defined contribution within the concept of True Wealth.  Adam Grant's work provides research and substance to the notion that "givers get".  However, Grant is also not naive about blind giving.

Grant’s new book "Give and Take" differentiates between the givers who are exploited and those who end up as models of achievement. The most successful givers are those who "rate high in concern for others but also in self-interest. And they are strategic in their giving…so that their work has the maximum desired effect; they are cautious about giving to takers; they give in ways that reinforce their social ties; and they consolidate their giving into chunks, so that the impact is intense enough to be gratifying."

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Is Giving the Secret to Getting Ahead?
The organizational psychologist Adam Grant argues that the key to hyper-efficiency is tirelessly helping others.

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