March 24, 2020

8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Free and open to the public. A book purchase and a pre-read are required to attend this workshop; Seating is limited

Michigan Ross Campus, Blau Hall, 700 E. University, Colloquium, 5th Floor, Ann Arbor

This event has been postposted and will be rescheduled at a later date.

A Workshop with Wayne Baker
Robert P. Thome Professor of Business Administration
Faculty Director, Center for Positive Organizations

About the workshop

All You Have to Do Is AskThe greatest barrier to a culture of generosity is not that people are unwilling or unable to give, but that most people are reluctant to ask for what they need. Requests drive the giving-receiving cycle. When we ask, we get the resources we need to be productive, creative, and successful. When teams and organizations implement positive practices that enable asking for, giving, and receiving help, they are more efficient, productive, and profitable. In this hands-on workshop, you will learn—and use—proven tools to help you, your team, and your organization master the most important skill for success. In addition, participants receive free unpublished bonus content and an infographic. The workshop includes presentations, small-group exercises, and practice using key tools.

Required pre-read from All You Have to Do Is Ask

In order to engage fully in the workshop exercises, participants will need to read Chapter 3 (“The Law of Giving and Receiving”) and complete the assessment in this chapter prior to the workshop (14 pages in total). Please bring your book to the workshop, as exercises will be tied to additional sections you will need to reference. The book can be purchased here.


In order to participate in writing exercises, please bring a notepad and a pen to this workshop.

About Baker

Wayne Baker is the Robert P. Thome Professor of Business Administration, and Faculty Director of the Center for Positive Organizations, at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.  He is a co-founder and board member of Give and Take, Inc., developers of technologies based on the principles in All You Have to Do Is Ask.  His research, teaching, and consulting focus on social capital, social networks, generosity, culture, and positive organizational practices.  He has published numerous scholarly articles and several books. All You Have to Do Is Ask was selected by Adam Grant as a Top 20 Leadership Book to Read in 2020.  A frequent guest speaker, his management and leadership articles appear in Harvard Business Review, Chief Executive Magazine, and Sloan Management Review.