Are you a giver?

Through his research and collaboration with companies across the industry, Adam Grant, an organizational psychologist at the Wharton School, learned that when working with others, we tend to act like Givers, Matchers, or Takers.

  • Givers: People who are looking to benefit other people around them.
  • Takers: What can you do for me?
  • Matchers: Most of the time, we are matchers. If I help you, then I expect you to help me.

To learn more about these three personality archetypes:

1. Are you a giver or a taker?

Watch Adam's TED talk (13 minutes)

2. Take the Give and Take Assessment

Take the assessment (15 minutes)

The Five-minute favor

Adam Rifkin taught me that giving doesn’t require becoming Mother Teresa or Mahatma Gandhi; we can all find ways of adding high value to others’ lives at a low personal cost.

— Adam Grant

Be an effective giver.

The five-minute favor is a simple action that takes you five minutes or less to help others, and you expect nothing in return. Your act of giving can be in the form of giving time, expertise, or connecting people within your network.

Why five minutes? By giving strategically we become a more effective giver and protect ourselves from "generosity burnout".

Examples of 5-minute favors:
  • Say hello to a junior engineer (in person or on Slack) and ask them how they're doing.
  • Introduce two people who might benefit from knowing each other.
  • Give someone a genuine recommendation on LinkedIn.
  • Say thank you to someone for going above and beyond to help others.

Hiring Managers

Tap into a network of Givers. Build a more resilient team.

Why givers are your team's most valueable asset – McKinsey & Company

Why supporting the culture of generosity helps drive your team's success – Havard Business Review

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