BEAT GENEROSITY BURNOUT

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BEAT GENEROSITY BURNOUT

Harvard Business Review

https://hbr.org/cover-story/2017/01/beat-generosity-burnout 

THE AUTHORS ADAM GRANT AND REB REBELE

Selflessness at work leads to exhaustion — and often hurts the very people you want to help. Here’s how to share your time and expertise more effectively.

When the leaders of the world dispense advice to the next generation, they tend to emphasize the same message: Help others. That was a key theme in almost two-thirds of the talks in a study of graduation speeches at U.S. universities.

Graduates are promised by those who have “made it” that being generous — readily sharing their time, energy, and expertise — will lead to a successful career and a meaningful, happy life. It can, but it doesn’t always. The road to exhaustion is often paved with good intentions.

Four years ago one of us, Adam, published a book called Give and Take. It was about how generous “givers” succeed in ways that lift others up instead of cutting them down. It turned out that givers add more value to organizations than selfish “takers” or quid pro quo “matchers” do.

 

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