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Adam Grant: "Give and Take"

We've all heard the adage "nice guys finish last." We're told that to get ahead in this dog-eat-dog world, we must operate with a degree of selfishness, and that people who give without expecting to get something in return risk being exploited or burning out. But new research by a Wharton business school professor upends those assumptions. It turns out, spending time to help others is not the enemy of productivity and success. It's the opposite. It can propel individuals along the path to success and create opportunities for the people around them. Diane speaks with author Adam Grant about why being a giver and not just a taker might be the best way to get to the top.

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Reprinted by arrangement with Viking, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., from "Give and Take" by Adam Grant. Copyright © 2013 by Adam Grant.

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