In his new book, Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success, Adam Grant argues that givers need not be doormats. In fact, Grant points out, these people tend to be the most successful.
What good news! Ledning a helping hand doesn't slow you down. It actually helps you be more productive. And yet, our corporate culture needs to wake up to this fact. As Grant also points out, many givers in competitive industries would never choose to describe themselves this way, as our culture tends to view givers as weak, and takers as strong.
But it does pay to be a giver, and doesn't have to cost you very much to give of yourself. For instance, in today's lesson, Grant teaches us the art of the five-minute favor.