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Adam Grant

Organizational psychologist, The Wharton School of Business; Author, Give and Take, Originals, Option B; Host: WorkLife, a TED original podcast

Named one of the world’s 10 most influential management thinkers and one of the Fortune’s 40 under 40, Adam Grant is a leading expert on promoting generosity, originality, and resilience.


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  • SXSW 2017: Interactive Keynote

  • TED2016: The Surprising Habits of Original Thinkers

  • TED: Are You A Giver or A Taker?

  • Millennials, Motivation, and the Changing World of Work

  • Rebuilding Confidence After Loss

  • The Positive Impact of Journaling

  • Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World

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    To survive and thrive, organizations need original thinking. Yet most individuals stay silent instead of voicing their best ideas—and many leaders stifle dissent rather than encouraging it. Drawing on his blockbuster new book, Originals, Adam Grant explores how we can all get better at recognizing and championing new ideas, how to overcome fear and doubt and how to build cultures that welcome diverse perspectives and honest feedback. He reveals why late entrants typically beat first movers, friendly managers end up being the least supportive, devil’s advocates often backfire but contrarian opinions are useful even when they’re wrong, and the values that help organizations prosper early on are the same ones that thwart their growth later. Grant’s insights on unleashing originality have been praised by J.J. Abrams, Richard Branson, Malcolm Gladwell, Sheryl Sandberg and Peter Thiel, and this talk brings them to life in ways that are both surprising and entertaining.


  • Givers Take All: Creating a Culture of Productive Generosity

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    Culture is a cornerstone of success, but many leaders struggle in managing the cultures of their teams and organizations. Based on a decade of research and consulting with Fortune 500 companies, including recent projects at JetBlue, Goldman Sachs, Teach For America and Warby Parker, Adam Grant argues that the highest-performing organizations are the ones that embrace an ethos of knowledge sharing, helping and mentoring. In this dynamic presentation, Adam outlines the key strategies for building a culture of productive generosity. He covers how leaders and organizations can improve practices around selection and hiring, recognition and rewards, and collaboration and coordination to boost revenue, efficiency and satisfaction.


  • Resilience at Work: A Fireside Chat with Adam Grant

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    In this fireside chat, Adam will field questions about how to build resilience in ourselves and our teams. Every organization faces adversity—from external disruption and internal errors to customer complaints and employee conflicts. And we all face our own professional challenges, from failure to rejection to disappointment. Building on his bestselling book Option B with Sheryl Sandberg, Adam engages in lively dialogue about how we can confront our weaknesses, maintain our motivation after making mistakes, and embrace the criticism that we normally avoid. He also covers vivid examples and eye-opening evidence about supporting our colleagues when they face hardship and creating the psychological safety to voice and solve real problems. This conversation can be done with an interviewer of your choice.



  • Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy
  • Originals: How Nonconformists Move the World Forward
  • Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success

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