39 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.

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    • Management
    • 4.8 • 8K 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.

    Navigating Career Turbulence

    Navigating Career Turbulence

    Everyone’s career will hit some turbulence at some point. The past year has left us all reacting to dramatic change. Instead of pushing harder against the headwinds, we’re sometimes better off tilting our rudder and charting a new course. In this episode, hear from people who have taken unusual steps to battle uncertainty, rethought their approach to finding and landing a job, and reached out for help in unexpected places—as well as an expert on recessions who forecasts the future by looking to the past. For the transcript for this episode, visit go.ted.com/WLTranscript41

    • 35 min
    How to Rethink a Bad Decision

    How to Rethink a Bad Decision

    In life and work, we have a hard time changing course. When we wind up in a miserable job, a failing project, or a floundering romantic relationship, we rationalize, make excuses, and stick with our bad decisions—even when the writing's on the wall. Why? Usually we assume the driving force is sunk costs: we don't want to admit we've wasted that time or money. But in fact, the root of our stubbornness is a psychological trap called “escalation of commitment.” Once we understand that, we can start taking steps to protect ourselves from… well, ourselves.

    • 37 min
    Taken for Granted: Daniel Kahneman Doesn't Trust Your Intuition

    Taken for Granted: Daniel Kahneman Doesn't Trust Your Intuition

    Daniel Kahneman is a Nobel Prize winner who transformed our understanding of the biases that cloud our thinking. In this conversation, he and Adam explore when to trust our intuition and when to second-guess it. Danny explains how he finds joy in being wrong, spells out steps to smarter interviewing, and reveals how he—the master decoder of decision-making—makes decisions.

    • 35 min
    Taken for Granted: Malcolm Gladwell Questions Everything

    Taken for Granted: Malcolm Gladwell Questions Everything

    When Adam Grant and Malcolm Gladwell sit down to challenge each other, everything is fair game. Sit ringside for this collegial cage match in which two preeminent writers rethink each other's ideas in an insatiable quest to get closer to the truth. Is intelligence undersold or oversold? Does individual blaming and shaming obscure the pursuit of real change on racism? Could rethinking everything lead not only to a better business but a better life? In pursuit of answers, Grant and Gladwell agree on this much: you shouldn't believe everything you think.

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Taken for Granted: Jane Goodall on Leadership Lessons from Primates

    Taken for Granted: Jane Goodall on Leadership Lessons from Primates

    Have you ever felt your work colleagues sometimes act like animals? In this conversation, Jane and Adam take that idea literally, exploring what Jane's expertise on chimp behavior can teach us about how humans relate and organize. With grace and wisdom, Jane shares primal insights on how we acquire and keep power, the difference between being a leader and being a boss, and the role of patience in making discoveries and making a career.

    • 43 min
    Taken for Granted: Brené Brown on What Vulnerability Isn't

    Taken for Granted: Brené Brown on What Vulnerability Isn't

    We usually wear our thickest armor at work, and Brené Brown has blazed the trail of teaching us why—and how to shed it. In this conversation, Adam and Brené unpack the power of showing vulnerability at work—and explore how much is too much. Learn when and where to set boundaries, find out how to get more comfortable with being uncomfortable, and hear Brené rethink a key assumption that she took for granted in her own work.

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
8K Ratings

8K Ratings

michmorris63 ,

Adam is my favorite

LOVE Adam Grant and all of his work! Super beneficial podcast love the work centric episodes

ODConsultant ,

More Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Content please

As an organization development consultant I’ve been listening to your podcast for the last couple years and have enjoyed your content. This said, I would love to see more content on DEI issues in the workplace. I was disappointed to see new episodes of this podcast drop off last years just as the voices of the Black Lives Matter movement were being centered. DEI issues are critical to the health and success of our workplaces.

I’d love to hear more conversations on these topics on your podcast in the future.

wilsonk2021 ,

Favorite podcast of all time

It’s a given I would love it because my master’s is in I/O Psych. However, even with my background, I learn so much every time I listen, and as an SAP employee, I love that we’ve sponsored many of the episodes! Always interesting perspectives and deeply personal stories from the guests to make the underlying research approachable for everyone. P.S. Adam Grant, you are SO well connected!

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