75 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 Audio Collective

    • Business
    • 4.8 • 8.5K 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.

    How to Change Your Workplace

    How to Change Your Workplace

    It’s hard to make change at work happen. But wherever you sit in the hierarchy, there are steps you can take to overcome resistance and motivate people to embrace new ideas. In this episode, Adam brings in an education change agent, a business turnaround specialist, and a bestselling author to identify what you can do to improve the status quo. For the full text transcript, visit go.ted.com/WL49

    • 37 min
    The 4 Deadly Sins of Work Culture

    The 4 Deadly Sins of Work Culture

    How do you avoid joining a toxic culture– and build a healthy one once you’ve arrived? In this episode, Adam explores how to recognize the four deadly sins of work culture before you join an organization, and shares strategies that can help shape a thriving workplace from the inside. For the full text transcript, visit go.ted.com/WL48

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    • 41 min
    It’s Time To Stop Ignoring Disability

    It’s Time To Stop Ignoring Disability

    Disability is far more common and far more diverse than we might realize. But often, people are reluctant to reveal their disabilities, and managers don’t know how to address them. In this episode, Adam investigates some extraordinary steps workplaces are taking to support people with disabilities– and those without. For the full text transcript, visit go.ted.com/WL47

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    • 40 min
    The Do’s And Don'ts Of Returning To The Office

    The Do’s And Don'ts Of Returning To The Office

    It’s been two years since offices around the world were thrown into virtual environments to do their jobs, and now many leaders are itching to get everyone back in the office. But new evidence demonstrates that hybrid work can be good for people and organizations. Adam brings an economist and a management expert to weigh in on the science of hybrid work, and make a road map to success in the modern (sometimes virtual) workplace. For the full text transcript, visit go.ted.com/WL46

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    • 37 min
    Taken for Granted: Ava DuVernay is Triumphant

    Taken for Granted: 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

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    • 34 min
    Taken for Granted: Satya Nadella is building the future

    Taken for Granted: 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

    We have a quick favor to ask you! We love making the show, and we're always trying to make it better. So if you have a few minutes, please take our survey at surveynerds.com/worklife

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
8.5K Ratings

8.5K Ratings

KatWey4444 ,

Honestly, you can’t…

go wrong with Adam Grant.

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The other Malcom Gladwell

Such a smart dude. Upbeat & interesting every time. Love this podcast

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I was a bit annoyed by the assumption that everyone with low EI would “not care” about others and thus would be more successful or productive (low sunken cost). I work with 18 and 19-year-olds who are still identifying their emotions and practicing expressing themselves. My students' lives are more chaotic and thus are less productive when they don't understand or have difficulty perceiving how other people are feeling or perceiving themselves. They don't just not care.

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