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The Give and Take Manifesto

We believe in generosity at work. The research shows (and our experience bears out) that when we are helpful to others at work, our job satisfaction, health, sense of wellbeing, work product, [...]

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Tools to Cultivate Mental Health and Joy at Work

Did you read the blog post last week on how to avoid giver burnout? There are some good tips there for setting boundaries and not getting overwhelmed by saying yes to everything, but what if it’s [...]

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4 Reasons You Should Expand Your Network

In his bestselling book Give and Take, Adam Grant argues that there are distinct disadvantages to reaching out only to people we already know for advice or assistance: We’re missing out of a rich [...]

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4 Effective Collaboration Techniques for Sales Teams

Sales is inherently competitive. And to some degree, it should be. Competition motivates many sales personalities to do their best. But sales can and should also be collaborative, and contrary to [...]

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How to Leverage the Ben Franklin Effect

When is the last time you had a feeling that a coworker didn’t like you? Assuming you’re not paranoid and that there isn’t an obvious reason for them not to like you (in which case you should [...]

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The Lost Art of Asking for Help

We talk a lot about asking for help. When we started Give and Take, we thought it might be hard getting people to take the time to offer help. What we’ve found is that people are usually [...]

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5 Ways to Help Your Staff . . . Ask for Help

The following post is an excerpt from a new ebook authored for Give and Take by Dr. Baker called How to Ask for Help. This post is the third post in a three-part series; read the first here and [...]

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How Fear of Asking for Help Follows Us From School to Work

Last week I attended a meeting at my kids’ middle school and stopped to look at the student artwork on display. The 8th graders had just finished a project where they illustrated and [...]

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Givitas 2.0 Brings New Features and Functionality

You told us what you wanted, and we listened. Givitas 2.0 launched last weekend with a host of new features that all support Givitas’ overarching mission: to be a purpose-built platform that [...]

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Giving is Easy; Asking is Harder

Asking for help can be intimidating. Many of the most generous, giving people who are always eager to pitch in and offer help are afraid to ask for it themselves. Maybe we think it makes us look [...]

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