Give and Take

Give and Take

Ever thought that business was just comprised of greedy people trying to scam each other to get to the top of the corporate ladder? Would you be surprised if we told you that new research shows that it’s actually the opposite – that “givers” are at the top – that happens?

In this podcast, Dave and Justin tackle the topic of “Give and Take”, based on the book of the same name by Adam Grant.

In the beginning of the show, Dave and Justin unpack the fact that organizational structure was intended to be fluid and connected just like the first century Christian Church. It wasn’t until the “conversion” of Constantine in the fourth century AD that formalized top-down hierarchy was introduced into the Church – a model we see prevalent to this day.

The show continues with David discussing the impact of the global “digital nervous system” (a phrase coined by Bill Gates). Once again showing the parallel between communication and leadership structures with the metaphor of the human body.

Going further, the duo discusses the three types of people addressed in the book: Takers, Matchers, and Givers. Research is shared that notes that a mere 8% of people claim to be “givers” in the workplace, even though many are “givers” outside of a work environment. David shares how givers can be at the top of the “success pole” and not just relegate themselves to a position at the bottom (where givers are also found).

The end of the show is filled with further goodness including the connection to Philippians 2 (“do nothing of selfish ambition or vain conceit”) and tips on how to choose to give in a professional environment including the “5 minute rule”.


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