A new book, “Give and Take”, by Adam Grant has been named one of the best books of 2013 by Amazon, Apple, the Financial Times and the Wall Street Journal. It also made the Fortune’s must-read business books, Harvard Business Review’s ideas that shaped management and the Washington Post’s books every leader should read.
The underpinning principle of this book is that by helping others we drive our own success. The world has frequently seen the model of the charismatic individual as a driver of success through their passion, hard work and talent. However, this book argues that success in an organisation increasingly is dependent on how we interact with each other. Grant states that at work most people operate as either ‘takers’, ‘matchers’ or ‘givers’. ‘Takers’ strive to get as much as possible from others, whereas matchers aim to trade evenly, however ‘givers’ are the rare breed of people who contribute without expecting anything in return. Whilst some ‘givers’ get exploited or burn out, most go on to achieve extraordinary results across a wide range of industries. The best performing and most effective organisation is one that has the most amount of ‘givers’. ‘Give and Take’ opens up an approach on how effective networking, collaboration, influence, negotiation and leadership skills have the power to transform the performance of not just individuals and groups, but entire organisations and communities.
2 Cor 9:7 gives us a simple principle that ‘each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver’ and in Luke 6:38 we are asked to ‘Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.’
I hope this will challenge each and every one of us to think how we could ‘give’ in our community so we can bless the wider community around us. In the Conference Centre we give our best service each and every day to bless our lovely clients.