Based in Charlotte, North Carolina. Andrew W. McElroy Is a Writer who is Exploring the world through stories and lenses.

Givers and Takers | TED Talk

Givers and Takers | TED Talk

Adam Grant is one of my favorite TED speakers. Not only is Adam a wonderful and charismatic speaker, but his observations in his studies are often things I notice or ask about as well. In his Givers or Takers TED talk, he dives into the type of people in an organization. 

He breaks them into; Givers, Takers, and Matchers. Givers are people whose default interactions with others begin with "How can I help you?". Takers are people whose default interactions with others begin with "What can I gain?". Matchers are people whose default interactions with others begin with "What can I do for you and what can you do for me?". So how can we encourage Giving and Matching in our enviroments?

Protect Givers from Burnout - The five-minute favor. Giving in small ways that can be super beneficial. However, it provides boundaries for those who are always giving.

Encourage Help-Seeking - Provide an environment that seeking help is a norm. Make it safe for Givers to give but also to receive. 

As Adam Grant requests at the end, let's create organizational environments that encourage giving and match, and not only will we see improvements in our environments, but we will see improvement in our productivity and long-term success.

Yosemite National Park, CA | Adventure

Yosemite National Park, CA | Adventure

Everybody Always | Reading List

Everybody Always | Reading List