Are you a giver or a taker? | Adam Grant



In every workplace, there are three basic kinds of people: givers, takers and matchers. Organizational psychologist Adam Grant breaks down these personalities and offers simple strategies to promote a culture of generosity and keep self-serving employees from taking more than their share.

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34 thoughts on “Are you a giver or a taker? | Adam Grant

  1. I'd say I'm somewhere between matcher and taker, I could give something to you but then I expect something back. And not just from you, I give people stuff to make a name for myself so that many people will give me stuff. It's all about reputation

  2. "Some takers are givers who have been burned one too many times" raises hand Yo.
    I went into community college with a default giving nature. "My friend, how may I help you?". I left a jaded cynic who assumes everyone is out to maximize their own self-interest. This feeling only intensified after my subsequent Bachelors in Finance. Why? A. Learning about game theory and rational actors, B. Spending my junior college years with takers. Drive me here. Get me this. Help me do that. and C. Group projects.

  3. I know already I’m a taker and I don’t like it
    Edit: I’m actually a matcher damn didn’t think being this average was a thing, but hey you can always surprise yourself

  4. Better to Give Than To Take

    “The upper hand is better than the lower hand (he who gives is better than him who takes)."

    “Your smile for your brother is a charity. Your removal of stones, thorns or bones from the paths of people is a charity. Your guidance of a person who is lost is a charity.”

    “A charity is due for every joint in each person on every day the sun comes up: to act justly between two people is a charity; to help a man with his mount, lifting him onto it or hoisting up his belongings onto it, is a charity; a good word is a charity; and removing a harmful thing from the road is a charity.”
    ~Prophet Muhammad(Peace be upon him)

    Giving serves as a way to bring justice, balance and kindness to every society and community. And the religion of Islam teaches this beautiful quality.

    Almighty God says:
    "And (we) give more to those who do good (to others) "
    Qur'an 2:58

    He also says:
    and whatever it be that you spend on others, He(God) always replaces it: for He is the best of providers.”
    [Qur'an 34:39].

    Our life on this earth has a specific purpose; it is not the result of nature’s accident. We are here according to God’s plan, and the life of this world is a trial and a test; it is a chance to prove ourselves as deserving of the eternal blissful life in the Hereafter. God did not create us merely for a few years of this life.

    Almighty God, the All wise, did not create us to simply wander aimlessly or to only fulfil our basic instincts & desires. Rather we have a higher purpose – to acknowledge & worship God alone, so that we live upon the guidance of our creator.

    Almighty God says:
    "Does man think that he is to be left to wander without an aim?"
    Qur'an (75:36)

    Our purpose in this life is to recognize The Creator, to be grateful to Him, to worship Him, to surrender ourselves to Him and to obey the laws that He has determined for us. This all-encompassing worship is our purpose in life.

    You deserve to know the truth. So find out the truth of your existence today. For indeed, if you seek the Almighty, he will surely guide you to him in sha Allah!. Start with Islam.

    Peace 🙂

  5. I’m a giver, I get burnt out, used by people, but I keep giving and trying to help.
    I now help with little ways, and who I help.

  6. Love this video, I try not to be taker and try to be more pronoia instead of being paranoid.

    Thank you again for the informational video.

  7. The best are the ones that play the fence. They give and take strategically, always making sure that it is in their best interest, without seeming selfish

  8. I used to work for some middle managers who were classic takers, they’d make you do the difficult work then take the credit when the directors/upper management came. Most frustratingly they’d change their behaviour completely to come across as being more likeable when they did visit. Anyway, a couple of my colleagues and I had enough. Thankfully the directors were all givers (you don’t get to their status without teamwork and being selfish), they got wind of the situation with middle management and almost immediately (1 week later), they were reshuffled to a different department for less pay. Unsurprisingly they both quit, probably because it hurt their ego. That was probably best little win in my career, and hope to all the other givers/matchers.

  9. Definitely a matcher. My sister made me coffee in January and I paid her back last week. I never forget so don't worry. I can remember almost all favours that people owe me and definitely all the ones I do to them.

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