49 episodes

You spend a quarter of your life at work. You should enjoy it! Organizational psychologist Adam Grant takes you inside the minds of some of the world’s most unusual professionals to discover the keys to a better work life. From learning how to love your rivals to harnessing the power of frustration, one thing’s for sure: You’ll never see your job the same way again. Produced in partnership with Transmitter Media.

WorkLife with Adam Grant TED Talks

    • Business
    • 4.4 • 47 Ratings

You spend a quarter of your life at work. You should enjoy it! Organizational psychologist Adam Grant takes you inside the minds of some of the world’s most unusual professionals to discover the keys to a better work life. From learning how to love your rivals to harnessing the power of frustration, one thing’s for sure: You’ll never see your job the same way again. Produced in partnership with Transmitter Media.

    Taken for Granted: Merve Emre on Emotional Intelligence as Corporate Control

    Taken for Granted: Merve Emre on Emotional Intelligence as Corporate Control

    It’s been 25 years since the concept of emotional intelligence exploded onto the scene. Cultural critic Merve Emre makes a bold case that in the wrong hands, it can be used to exploit people. We unpack the surprising roots of emotional intelligence, how it’s been co-opted as a form of corporate control, and why you might want to rethink some of your core assumptions about emotions at work. You can find the full transcript for this episode at go.ted.com/T4GTscript6

    • 53 min
    Your Insecurities Aren’t What You Think They Are

    Your Insecurities Aren’t What You Think They Are

    “I can’t do this.” “I didn’t deserve this promotion.” “When will they find me out?” If you’ve had thoughts like these, you aren’t alone. Nearly 70% of people have experienced imposter syndrome—even some of the most successful ones! The difference is in how they can use imposter thoughts as fuel, rather than a fire to burn them out. Adam shares three steps you can take to harness your own self-doubt as a fuel for success, and why we stand to gain more from embracing our insecurities rather than hiding from them. WorkLife is made possible with the support of LinkedIn, Logitech, Morgan Stanley, SAP, and Verizon.

    • 40 min
    Who's the Boss?

    Who's the Boss?

    Workers are now expecting more from their employers beyond a paycheck and benefits. Employees want an employer who lines up with their values outside of work and stands up in the name of justice. And when they don’t, employees are becoming more active about asking their companies to cancel partnerships or are walking out in protest--as we’ve seen with workers at Facebook, Google and others.

    A company is not a democracy, but it doesn't work when it's a dictatorship. Employees are embracing activism, calling on their employers to take a stand on social and political issues. How should leaders navigate these demands while addressing the concerns of other stakeholders? And how can we all use our voices effectively to drive change? Find the full text transcript for this episode at go.ted.com/WLTranscript49. WorkLife is made possible with the support of LinkedIn, Logitech, Morgan Stanley, SAP, and Verizon.

    • 41 min
    How to Bust Bias at Work

    How to Bust Bias at Work

    We’ve all been to bias training, but it rarely works—and sometimes backfires. Science suggests that to drive real change, it’s not enough to run one-off workshops. We need to change individual and organizational habits. Find out how people can overcome their own prejudices and workplaces can break barriers to help marginalized groups advance into leadership roles. Find the full text transcript for this episode at go.ted.com/WLTranscript48. WorkLife is made possible with the support of LinkedIn, Logitech, Morgan Stanley, SAP, and Verizon.

    • 43 min
    Why it Pays to Raise Pay

    Why it Pays to Raise Pay

    When employees are paid more, they give more. Going above market pay might sound like a fantasy, but in a growing number of companies it’s becoming a profitable reality. Peek inside workplaces that have reinvented their pay structures to give employees their worth and more—and explore the science of how it can pay off for everyone in the long run. Find the full text transcript for this episode at go.ted.com/WLTranscript47. WorkLife is made possible with the support of LinkedIn, Logitech, Morgan Stanley, SAP, and Verizon.

    • 44 min
    Dax Shepard Doesn't Believe in Regret

    Dax Shepard Doesn't Believe in Regret

    Comedian, actor, and Armchair Expert host Dax Shepard steps into the hot seat for a conversation with Adam on Clubhouse. They discuss what he's learned over the course of 300+ interviews, how he thinks about humor at work, and how he’s rethought his views on masculinity. They also field questions from past WorkLife guests like Malcolm Gladwell and Kat Cole. You can find the full transcript for this episode at go.ted.com/WLTranscript46. WorkLife is made possible with the support of LinkedIn, Logitech, Morgan Stanley, SAP, and Verizon.

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
47 Ratings

47 Ratings

LindaLa1978 ,

Inspiring, insightful, relevant with a call to action

I absolutely admire Adam’s work and the podcast. It’s been extremely valuable for me personally - I find it energising, eye-opening, highly applicable with key takeaways that can be applied in my work life. I can’t wait for the next season!

larryo_1 ,

Blurred lines between advertising and regular content

I’d give this podcast five stars if it wasn’t for the way Adam Grant presents his advertisers.

Yes, the topics he pics up are of high value, the podcast is extremely well sine and he by all means Adam appears to be a person of trust. Therefore its even more disturbing and unsettling the way the ad breaks are presented:

first theres an intro where Adam mentions that he chose the advertisers himself (a practice i find highly dubious as it allows for more trust transfer between the adam and the advertiser).

Second the advertisement is conducted in the same format and fashion as the regular podcast episode. (It tells a touching story of a latinamerican couple that runs a coffee spot and runs inti problems. Those problems are then solved by super generous Morgan Stanley workers.) That contrasts strongly with other podcast ads where there is a clear difference in how the two parts are presented (for instance a signature background music)

Thirdly and lastly I’m utterly disturbed by the said ad client himself: the highly controversial company Morgan Stanley.

So the podcast is not only undermining the trust of dedicated listeners but is also involved in whitewashing.

gturri ,

Great potential, but need refining

I just listened to the first episode, on criticism. It's a great idea and concept but I feel there is too much music, too many interruptions in the flow of the discussion and thoughts. It feels more like an entertaining listening rather than a podcast on self development, which it may be the case in the head of the producers. Anyway, I keel listening to see if it improves and will be ready to re-rate

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