Today I want to highlight a fascinating conversation between Organisational Psychologist Adam Grant (a professor of psychology at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania) the On Being host Krista Tippet. While focused largely on the business context, it has significant carry over insights for other sphere’s of life, as I’m sure we’ve all encountered “toxic takers” in our lives, or more positively, have been on the receiving end of genuine care and generosity.
The title under which the conversation takes place is Successful Givers, Toxic Takers, and the Life we Spend at Work. The promotional blurb for the conversation is:
“The organizational psychologist Adam Grant, who many know from his New York Times columns, describes three orientations of which we are all capable: the givers, the takers, and the matchers. These influence whether organizations are joyful or toxic for human beings. His studies are dispelling a conventional wisdom that selfish takers are the most likely to succeed professionally. And he is wise about practicing generosity in organizational life — what he calls making “microloans of our knowledge, our skills, our connections to other people” — in a way that is transformative for others, ourselves, and our places of work.”
You can listen to the conversation here.
During the conversation Tippet references a New York Times article about Grant. You will find it here.