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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 • 8.3K 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: Esther Duflo wants you to think like a plumber

    Taken for Granted: 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
    Taken for Granted: Indra Nooyi Says It’s Time for Leaders to Care

    Taken for Granted: 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
    Taken for Granted: Indra Nooyi wants us to reimagine the return to work

    Taken for Granted: 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
    Taken for Granted: Allyson Felix on defeating disappointment and savoring success

    Taken for Granted: Allyson Felix on defeating disappointment and savoring success

    At the age of 18, Allyson Felix took home the Olympic silver medal in the 200 meter dash. She was devastated. Where others saw “second-best in the world,” she only saw “not first.” That race lit a fire that would carry her on to become the most decorated track and field athlete in American history. Adam talks with her about achieving excellence, bouncing back from her so-called “failures,” and sustaining motivation to medal in five straight Olympic games. Read the text transcript for this episode at go.ted.com/T4G21

    • 54 min
    How to stop languishing and start finding flow | TED Talks Daily

    How to stop languishing and start finding flow | TED Talks Daily

    We're back soon with new episodes of Taken for Granted, but for now, here's a TED Talk Adam gave recently. Have you found yourself staying up late, joylessly bingeing TV shows and doomscrolling through the news, or simply navigating your day uninspired and aimless? Chances are you're languishing—a psychic malaise that has become all too common after many months of the pandemic. Adam breaks down the key indicators of languishing and presents three ways to escape that "meh" feeling and start finding your flow. This was originally posted on TED Talks Daily, where you'll find a new idea every weekday. Follow TED Talks Daily wherever you get your podcasts.

    • 12 min
    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

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8.3K Ratings

8.3K Ratings

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My 2 cents

My companion on long brain storming walks! All his podcast are good food for thought and the beginning of many good conversations with my folks…

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Great Content!

Adam gives voice to a wide variety of knowledgeable guests. This podcast has that magic mix of entertainment and useful information- truly enjoyable show!

Realtor user ,

Mediocre even though it’s Adam Grant.

I’ve really enjoyed Adam Grant interviews in the past. And I’ll listen to long podcasts. I started by listening to the episode with the author of “The Fault in Our Stars,” and his new book and podcast series. If you can’t grab someone like me in the first 15 minutes, neither of these guys have any business having podcasts. How incredibly boring and a waste of oxygen. Note to Adam Grant: it’s so great hearing you boast about all of the amazingly wealthy and successful people you know - if they’re not interesting I don’t care!

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