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SLCL’s Pacesetter Series Presents Business and Leadership Expert Adam Grant

Press Release

Monday, April 8, 2013 - 10:00a.m.


St. Louis County Library Foundation’s Pacesetter Author Series presents business writer Adam Grant for a discussion of “Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success.” The event will be held on Monday, April 22, at 7:00 p.m. at Library Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd.

The program is free and open to the public.  Doors will open at 6 p.m.  Books for signing will be available at the event from Left Bank Books.

In his landmark book, Adam Grant illuminates why some people rise to the top of the success ladder while others sink to the bottom. “Give and Take” reveals that effective networking, collaboration, influence, and leadership skills share an increasingly important factor: our styles of exchanging value. It turns out that in professional interactions, most people operate as either takers, matchers, or givers. Whereas takers strive to claim as much value as possible and matchers aim to trade value evenly, givers are the rare breed who contribute to others without expecting anything in return.

“Give and Take” shows that these styles have dramatic effects on our success. Using his own cutting-edge research as the youngest tenured professor at Wharton Business School, Grant reveals how one of America’s best networkers developed his connections, why a creative genius behind one of the most popular shows in television history toiled for years in anonymity, how a basketball executive responsible for multiple draft busts turned things around, and how we could have anticipated Enron’s demise four years before the company collapsed—without ever looking at a single number.

Praised by bestselling authors such as Dan Pink, Dan Ariely, Gretchen Rubin, David Allen, and Seth Godin—as well as senior leaders from Google, McKinsey, Merck, Estée Lauder, Nike, and NASA—“Give and Take” opens up an approach to work, interactions, and productivity that is nothing short of revolutionary. This new view of success has the power to transform not just individuals and groups, but entire organizations and communities.

The program with Adam Grant is a St. Louis County Library Pacesetter Author Series presentation. Featuring books by or about business, education, and cultural leaders, the Pacesetter Series presents several programs each year with visiting writers.

Program sites are accessible. Upon two weeks notice, accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities. Contact St. Louis County Library by phone 314-994-3300 or visit