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Wayne Baker on Creating A Giving Culture

Creating A Giving Culture

Podcast with Professor Wayne Baker

DELIVERED BY The Leaders Lab

Today’s Guest

My guest today is Wayne Baker, a professor of management at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. Wayne is also the first director of the Center for Positive Organizations.

Wayne Baker’s website

In this interview, you will hear Wayne talk about how to create a giving culture in even the most traditional organization. He explains how to facilitate a reciprocation ring, where this kind of intervention can go wrong and the kind of positive results workplaces can expect.

You’ll Learn:

● [1:41] – Wayne shares some takeaways from his presentation at The Positive Business Conference on creating a giving culture.
● [2:30] – Wayne talks about the reciprocity ring.
● [4:08] – Why the biggest barrier is getting people to ask for what they need.
● [5:07] – Wayne talks about why so many organizations struggle to create a giving culture.
● [6:35] – The fundamental human principle of reciprocity.
● [7:12] – Why takers give almost as frequently as givers give.
● [8:03] – The business benefits of the reciprocity ring.
● [12:37] – Setting boundaries in reciprocity and denying the power in reciprocity by not asking.
● [17:08] – The Lightning Round with Wayne Baker

Your Resources:

Learn more about the reciprocity ring at

The Reflected Best Self

The Power of Visioning

Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success – Adam M. Grant

Seveneves – Neal Stephenson

A Book of Uncommon Prayer: 100 Celebrations of the Miracle & Muddle of the Ordinary – Brian Doyle

The Positive Business Conference

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Thanks so much for joining me again this week.

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Special thanks to Wayne for joining me this week. Until next time, take care!

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