The Secret to Productivity and Happiness at Work: Xtreme Generosity

JDHancock_superman_squareThe other day I received an email from a complete stranger, asking for advice on a business plan: “Dear Mr. Wood,” he blurted forth. “I saw your name blah blah blah and I have this wonderful idea blah blah could you please take some time to review and give me feedback blah blah.” 

Like most of you, I am quite busy and under intense pressure at work. As a result, I have become fairly adept at a handy management trick known as filtering, which loosely translates in plain English to, “blowing off loser requests that do not further my own productivity.”

Seriously, if I entertained every obnoxious intrusion out of the blue, there wouldn’t be much time left to do what’s important. Would there?

Not so, according to Adam Grant.

Grant is the youngest tenured, highest-rated professor at Wharton School of Business and author of, “Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success.” His research says the secret to both happiness and productivity at work is in giving back to people. 

Grant’s work in the field of organizational pyschology and workplace dynamics focuses on how companies can get the most out of their employees and how employees can get the most out of their jobs. The common denominator in this equation is, strangely enough, the ability to frame every task as an opportunity to help others. 

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About JBW

JBW is a business executive living and working in the Northeast USA.

  • clfadmin

    This is great stuff. We are building momentum down here in Charlotte for a greater discussion on faith, vocation, and how that practically plays out in the high calling of work.

    I would live to give you an update at some point. Thanks for your writing. It’s a blessing to me.

    -Sam Casey 704.962.1777

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  • Marcus Goodyear

    I love this picture. That is all.

  • nancy

    the frame of mind

    the frame of heart

    in the giving

    so interesting


    light blue


    taste like

    ice cream