Dr. Wayne Baker is the Robert P. Thome Professor of Business Administration and Professor of Management & Organizations at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, and Faculty Director of the Center for Positive Organizations.


His research and writing focus on social capital, social networks, generosity, and positive organizations. He's the co-creator of the Reciprocity Ring exercise, the co-founder of Give and Take Inc - home to collaborative generosity platform, Givitas - and author of new book All You Have to Do Is Ask 

In this episode:

(01:40) The problem with being an 'overly generous giver'

(02:12) An introduction to the Reciprocity Ring

(02:43) Why is asking for help so important?

(03:19) Why do we find it difficult to ask for help?

(05:20) How does asking for help strengthen relationships?

(05:42) How can we get better at asking?

(06:50) Wayne describes how to make a SMART request

(08:45) The problem with being a 'lone wolf'

(09:42) Wayne's assessment tool to help you find out what kind of giver/taker you are

(10:35) The Standup - a tool for asking and giving help in a group

(12:32) How can we create a Reciprocity Ring-type experience for ourselves?

(13:23) Introducing the Givitas platform

(15:01) The 'empty restaurant problem'

(17:31) Using the power of the two-step method and 'dormant ties'

(19:10) Wayne's Little Challenge