This past week my wife Michelle visited some friends in the St. Petersburg/Tampa Bay area and attended the Packer-Buccaneer game on Sunday.
Strategic Discipline Blog
Why does a self-made multi-billionaire choose to give so much to charitable, education, and health organizations? Why is giving Jon Huntsman’s favorite topic?
You can expect something, but until it happens you never truly know how you are going to feel.
Did you know there’s a way to give that makes you feel better? It can actually help you avoid burnout. Did you know there’s a recommended amount of giving that rewards you most and that giving beyond that provides diminishing returns?
Givers fall into two groups, selfless and otherish behavior.
A lawyer and politician from Illinois, Sampson strived to be the next Clinton. In his quest to win political office he failed repeatedly. At one point Sampson withdrew from the senate race while leading several opponents to help another candidate with less backing but very loyal supporters win a competing candidate wouldn’t. As a lawyer he turned down lucrative cases with defendants he didn’t believe were innocent. It was a classic case of giving without concern for self, in hopes of the greater good.
Give and Take by Adam Grant offers insight into three types of people: givers, takers, and matchers. The book describes characteristics of each type, yet cautions that while giving, taking, and matching are three fundamental styles of social interaction, the lines between them are not always hard and fast. You can actually shift between one style of reciprocity style as you navigate across different work roles and relationships. At work the vast majority of people develop a primary reciprocity style. This is how you approach most of the people most of the time. The research discovered your primary style can play as much a role in you success as hard work, talent and luck. (That is if you believe in the latter!)