54 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
    • 4.8 • 8.2K 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.

    We should allow sad days, not just sick days

    We should allow sad days, not just sick days

    People are finally paying attention to mental health at work, but some major myths are holding us back. Adam breaks down what we get wrong about mental health at work, what individuals and organizations can do to start getting it right, and why we all need compassion more than empathy. Thanks to our guests Demar Derozan, Sally Maitlis, Darlene Upton and Paul Bloom for joining us on this episode. For the full text transcript, visit go.ted.com/WL41

    • 38 min
    Is it Safe to Speak Up at Work?

    Is it Safe to Speak Up at Work?

    Are you afraid to share bad news, ask for help, or admit you were wrong? These are signs of being in a psychologically unsafe work environment. Adam breaks down the importance of psychological safety in preventing errors and promoting innovation and inclusion, and examines what it takes to build a culture of voice rather than silence. Thanks to guests Ed Pierson, Amy Edmondson, Captain Bill Wilson and Admiral McRaven for appearing on this episode. Find the text transcript for this episode at go.ted.com/410

    • 37 min
    Taken for Granted: Lin-Manuel Miranda Daydreams, and His Dad Gets Things Done

    Taken for Granted: Lin-Manuel Miranda Daydreams, and His Dad Gets Things Done

    In a world obsessed with efficiency, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s smash Broadway hits Hamilton and In the Heights began with idle curiosity. Adam interviews Lin together with his father, Luis, about finding harmony between creativity and productivity—and rhythm between work and life. They discuss what motivated Lin to take a big risk on the biggest stage of his life, the challenges of fitting in when you stand out, the importance of delegation and deadlines, and the lost art of doing nothing. Read the full text transcript at go.ted.com/T4G9.

    WorkLife listeners—we're running a survey and we'd love to hear what you think of the show. Please give us some feedback at surveynerds.com/worklife. It only takes a few minutes, and it really helps us improve the podcast. Thanks! 

    • 44 min
    Taken for Granted: John Green Wants You to Pay Attention to Your Attention

    Taken for Granted: John Green Wants You to Pay Attention to Your Attention

    Do you pay attention to your attention? John Green is the beloved author of The Fault In Our Stars, and when he started tracking his attention, he realized he was obsessed with evaluating human progress. He decided to start rating everything—from the capacity for human wonder to Canadian geese—on a five-point scale. In this deeply thoughtful conversation with Adam, John shares what he learned from his series of Yelp-style reviews, the gift of a great book, and the unexpected life lessons found in the last lap of Mario Kart. Read the full text transcript at go.ted.com/T4G8

    WorkLife listeners—we're running a survey and we'd love to hear what you think of the show. Please give us some feedback at surveynerds.com/worklife. It only takes a few minutes, and it really helps us improve the podcast. Thanks! 

    • 53 min
    Taken for Granted: Mellody Hobson on Taking Tough Feedback

    Taken for Granted: Mellody Hobson on Taking Tough Feedback

    Criticism rarely comes wrapped in a shiny gift box, tied with a bow. As a trailblazing leader, one of Mellody Hobson’s gifts is finding the diamond in the rough. She and Adam unpack how to look for the grain of truth in any critique, when to discount feedback, and what it takes to be honest without being brutal. Find the full text transcript at go.ted.com/T4G7

    WorkLife listeners—we're running a survey and we'd love to hear what you think of the show. Please give us some feedback at surveynerds.com/worklife. It only takes a few minutes, and it really helps us improve the podcast. Thanks! 

    • 37 min
    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

    WorkLife listeners—we're running a survey and we'd love to hear what you think of the show. Please give us some feedback at surveynerds.com/worklife. It only takes a few minutes, and it really helps us improve the podcast. Thanks! 

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
8.2K Ratings

8.2K Ratings

Camille Virginia ,

Always an amazing takeaway - or five

I've been a fan of Adam's work for years. If you want smart, timely, refreshing advice for work / life in general, this podcast is for you. Adam doesn't shy away from insightful, in-depth, vulnerable questions and topics, which is so refreshing . Between his sharp interview skills and interesting guest experts, it's impossible to NOT come away with a fresh outlook on your own life - and tools to make it even better.

gp_w00d ,

Great perspective with actionable info

Take something from every episode. Enjoy Adam's interviews. 100% recommend.

@Joy4444 ,

Fresh, Comprehensive, Relevant, Applicable

I could write this review in adjectives alone. Bottom line, the innovative direction of the advertising is masterfully incorporated into the podcast providing lessons, stories, inspiration and food-for-thought on the theme of the show. I listen on the way to work to mentally prepare for whatever current work issue I’m experiencing. I listen on the way home to process the day. I realized that I invest 60 to 90 minutes each day in being a better person at work for others and it is making my work experience better and allowing me to grow in ways I should before I learn the growth lesson in a painful way. Oh and Adam’s delivery is natural, humorous and even vulnerable. Thank you, Adam. Your work here enhances my work life experience.

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