Give to Get

Vishal Agarwai

Why do some people succeed in corporate careers, while others crash and burn?

What if you had a guidebook for navigating corporate life?

An executive career can bring wealth, prestige, and fame. But it also comes with unique challenges. Vishal Agarwal has written an essential handbook for business leaders to successfully negotiate the high-stakes complexities of any corporate culture.

Give to Get illuminates rarely discussed challenges for those in business leadership roles, from overcoming “new guy syndrome,” to creating a stakeholder map, taking your credit to the bank, finding your why, earning trust and building support, and overcoming burnout. Drawing on decades of experience, Agarwal shares essential strategies to help executives avoid the most common causes of failure at any stage of their career and replace them with skills every corporate superstar needs to master.

Filled with allegories, personal stories, and memorable “Vishal-isms,” this is a must-read. Whether you’re a senior-level decision-maker or on your way to becoming one, Give to Get will help you take charge and navigate to success.

Press & Praise

Dolly Chugh, associate professor at New York University Stern School of Business

"A terrific set of stories and guiding metaphors from a successful global business executive--this book is perfect for the business school student looking for great real-world examples of key concepts they learned in their leadership and organizational behavior classes."

Kate Sweetman, author, leadership authority, and former editor at Harvard Business Review

"With this book, Vishal Agarwal is the mentor everyone wishes they had in the corporate world. He demystifies the social dynamics of the global corporation through apt metaphors that quickly cut to the attitudes and behaviors essential to the success of the ambitious young manager. Read it, and learn how to hack your path in the corporate jungle without putting out an eye."

Dave Kerpen, CEO of Likeable and New York Times best-selling author of The Art of People

"Give to Get shows that in this connected age, the best advice is a mix of both experience and intellect. Author Vishal Agarwal delivers both in this must-read!"

Vishal Agarwai

Vishal Agarwal has lived the corporate life cycle from start to finish, beginning as an intern and working up to Senior Deals Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Until recently, Vishal was a Global Top 500 Senior Leader for General Electric before becoming Chairman and CEO of his own private investment management firm, Full Circle Africa. During his twenty-four-year career, he navigated all facets of corporate life from building teams and delivering value, to translating multinational visions into local wins.

A true globalist, Vishal was born in Bombay, lived in Iran during the Iran-Iraq War, was educated through his adolescence in the US, and now lives in Nairobi, Kenya, with his wife and two daughters.

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