Give and Take by Adam M. Grant Ph.D.
A Revolutionary Approach to Success

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 3 Critic Reviews

...Grant’s book is optimistic, a refreshing change after years of reading angry indictments of fallen corporate idols.
-Financial Times


A groundbreaking New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller that is
captivating readers of Malcolm Gladwell, Daniel Pink, The Power of Habit, and Quiet

For generations, we have focused on the individual drivers of success: passion, hard work, talent, and luck. But today, success is increasingly dependent on how we interact with others. It turns out that at work, most people operate as either takers, matchers, or givers. Whereas takers strive to get as much as possible from others and matchers aim to trade evenly, givers are the rare breed of people who contribute to others without expecting anything in return.

Using his own pioneering research as Wharton's youngest tenured professor, Grant shows that these styles have a surprising impact on success. Although some givers get exploited and burn out, the rest achieve extraordinary results across a wide range of industries. Combining cutting-edge evidence with captivating stories, this landmark book shows how one of America's best networkers developed his connections, why the creative genius behind one of the most popular shows in television history toiled for years in anonymity, how a basketball executive responsible for multiple draft busts transformed his franchise into a winner, and how we could have anticipated Enron's demise four years before the company collapsed--without ever looking at a single number.

Praised by bestselling authors such as Dan Pink, Tony Hsieh, Dan Ariely, Susan Cain, Dan Gilbert, Gretchen Rubin, Bob Sutton, David Allen, Robert Cialdini, and Seth Godin--as well as senior leaders from Google, McKinsey, Merck, Estée Lauder, Nike, and NASA--Give and Take highlights what effective networking, collaboration, influence, negotiation, and leadership skills have in common. This landmark book opens up an approach to success that has the power to transform not just individuals and groups, but entire organizations and communities.

About Adam M. Grant Ph.D.

See more books from this Author
Adam Grant is the youngest tenured professor and single highest-rated teacher at The Wharton School. An award-winning researcher and teacher, his consulting and speaking clients include Google, the NFL, IBM, Citigroup, Merck, the World Economic Forum, the United Nations, and the U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force. He has been honored as one of BusinessWeek’s favorite professors and one of the world’s top 40 business professors under 40. A leading expert in work and success, he has published more than fifty articles during the last five years in prominent psychology and management journals, including Harvard Business Review, and his studies have been highlighted in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, and USA Today. He holds a Ph.D. in organizational psychology from the University of Michigan and a B.A. from Harvard University. He is a former record-setting advertising director, junior Olympic springboard diver, and professional magician. For more details, see
Published April 9, 2013 by Penguin Books. 321 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Self Help, Parenting & Relationships, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Non-fiction
Bestseller Status:
Peak Rank on Apr 28 2013
Weeks as Bestseller
Add Critic Review

Critic reviews for Give and Take
All: 3 | Positive: 3 | Negative: 0

Financial Times

Reviewed by Andrew Hill on Apr 10 2013

...Grant’s book is optimistic, a refreshing change after years of reading angry indictments of fallen corporate idols.

Read Full Review of Give and Take: A Revolutionar... | See more reviews from Financial Times

NY Journal of Books

Reviewed by Stephen Roulac on Apr 09 2013

At a time when marketing is moving from manipulation to meaning...when people more and more seek work that embodies their values and purposes, the implications of the message of Give and Take are profound...

Read Full Review of Give and Take: A Revolutionar... | See more reviews from NY Journal of Books

LA Times

Reviewed by Andrew Hill on May 10 2013

...perfectly timed and beautifully weighted...Grant crushes the assumption that me-first takers always reach the top of the ladder. But he also shows how "givers" can adjust their own behavior so they and the wider community benefit.

Read Full Review of Give and Take: A Revolutionar... | See more reviews from LA Times

Reader Rating for Give and Take

An aggregated and normalized score based on 627 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes

Rate this book!

Add Review