15 episodes

As an organizational psychologist, Adam Grant loves to rethink ideas that we’ve taken for granted. In this special series from WorkLife with Adam Grant, he brings curiosity and science to conversations with his favorite thinkers about the opinions and assumptions we should all be revisiting. Listen in—you might just be inspired to walk away from some of your old views and embrace some new ones.

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    • Society & Culture

As an organizational psychologist, Adam Grant loves to rethink ideas that we’ve taken for granted. In this special series from WorkLife with Adam Grant, he brings curiosity and science to conversations with his favorite thinkers about the opinions and assumptions we should all be revisiting. Listen in—you might just be inspired to walk away from some of your old views and embrace some new ones.

    Ava DuVernay is Triumphant

    Ava DuVernay is Triumphant

    Before Ava DuVernay became the first Black woman director to win Sundance and get nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars, she was a publicist with a little hobby, a big dream, and a lot of patience. Adam talks to Ava about how she turned her side gig of filmmaking into a brilliant career, how her leadership style has evolved over the years, and what studying MLK while making the movie Selma can teach us about what it really takes to inspire.

    For the full text transcript, visit go.ted.com/T4G29

    • 34 min
    Satya Nadella is building the future

    Satya Nadella is building the future

    Satya Nadella is a modern renaissance man; he’s a cricket enthusiast, poetry lover, oh, and the chairman and CEO of Microsoft with a nearly perfect approval rating on Glassdoor. Satya has led a transformation at Microsoft, up-ending the culture, and rethinking remote and hybrid work. In this episode, Adam talks to Satya about the future of work, leadership, and building cultures of care. For the full text transcript, visit go.ted.com/T4G28

    • 27 min
    Jon Batiste on the art of pushing your limits

    Jon Batiste on the art of pushing your limits

    Jon Batiste has had a record year—he was the most nominated artist at the Grammys, winning five of his ELEVEN nominations across multiple categories, including Album of the Year. When he’s not making musical history, he’s a touring artist, late-night band leader, and Oscar-winning composer. In this episode, Jon talks with Adam about the creative process of making his genre-defying music, his prodigious background as a young musician in New Orleans, the role of focus and variety in building a successful career, and the power of art to make real change.
    For the full text transcript, visit https://tedtalks.social/3FCKvYj

    • 28 min
    Esther Duflo wants you to think like a plumber

    Esther Duflo wants you to think like a plumber

    When Esther Duflo took her first economics class, she hated it. In 2019, she won a Nobel Prize in economics. Esther talks with Adam about her groundbreaking experiments to fight poverty, busts myths about what motivates people, and reveals how to make meaningful progress toward solving daunting problems. Read the text transcript for this episode at go.ted.com/T4G24

    • 56 min
    Indra Nooyi Says It’s Time for Leaders to Care

    Indra Nooyi Says It’s Time for Leaders to Care

    PepsiCo's trailblazing former CEO drove record profits—but did so while investing in employee well-being, consumer health, and environmental sustainability. In their second conversation, she and Adam are on stage for a lively, entertaining dialogue about how to improve our work lives and our workplaces. They talk about striking a balance between fitting in and standing out, winning support for major change up and down the org chart, and rethinking business education. Indra also reveals the name of the only world leader who ever intimidated her and why she doesn’t care who wins the battle between Pepsi and Coke. Find the transcript for this episode at go.ted.com/T4G23

    • 40 min
    Indra Nooyi wants us to reimagine the return to work

    Indra Nooyi wants us to reimagine the return to work

    The longtime PepsiCo CEO is one of the world’s most powerful women and Time’s 100 most influential people. In the first of two rich conversations, she explains why she wrote more than 400 letters about her direct reports… to their parents. Indra and Adam discuss what she’s learned about leadership, finding and being a mentor, championing ideas from below, and making big career decisions. They also explore some of the big questions around the future of work—from embracing flexibility to creating equitable arrangements for women to making family a real priority. Read the text transcript for this episode at go.ted.com/T4G22

    • 45 min

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