Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Do A**holes Finish First?

I'm on a handful of LinkedIn networks, and this one caught my eye:
https://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140619232340-142273568-6-books-all-college-students-should-read. (It should open for those not subscribed to this LinkedIn group; I tried it in an "incognito" window in Chrome and it opened just fine.)

I'm not usually a fan of lists of books every college student should read, but description of the first entry caught my eye: it purportedly disproves the theory that "assholes finish first." Givers and Takers by Adam Grant suggests that there's a middle road between being a grabby jerk, and being a doormat: being a "matcher." That is, being someone who seeks to help others without hurting self.

Isn't that what a Niagara University education teaches?

The book is available on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/Give-Take-Helping-Others-Success/dp/0143124986/ref=sr_1_1. I'm neither recommending nor advising against it as a worthwhile read or library borrowing project. Rather, I like the general concept and am passing it along!

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