Adam Grant Biography
Adam Grant was born in the township of West Bloomfield on August 13, 1981,he is an American psychologist and author who is currently a professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania specializing in organizational psychology. He has been ranked as top rated professor for seven straight years. He is a leading expert on how one can find motivation and live more generous and creative lives.
He has been recognized as one of the world’s 10 most influential management thinkers. He is the author of three New York Times bestselling books that have sold over a million copies and been translated into 35 languages.He is the host of Work Life, a TED original podcast, his TED talks on original thinkers and givers and takers have been viewed more than 14 million times. He received a standing ovation at TED in 2016 and was voted the audience’s favorite speaker at The Nantucket Project. His speaking and consulting clients include Google, the NBA, the Gates Foundation, Disney Pixar, the U.S. Army and Navy, and the World Economic Forum, where he has been honored as a Young Global Leader.
Adam Grant Age
The American psychologist and author Adam Grant grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan was born in the township of West Bloomfield on August 13, 1981 is currently 37 years old as of 2019.
Adam Grant Height And Weight
Grant’s height and weight is unknown but will be updated soon.
Adam Grant Education
He received a B.A. from Harvard College, and M.S. and PhD. degrees from the University of Michigan in organizational psychology.
Adam Grant Wife
He married his wife Allison the couple has three children.
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Adam Grant Career
Grant was hired by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to serve as an assistant professor for organizational behavior in 2007. In 2009 he was hired as an associate professor at the Wharton school of the University of Pennsylvania after publishing several papers in academic journals. In 2013, he wrote his first book, Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success.
He received critism for not forcusing on his work with with Andrew Offenbacher, he response defended his book’s arguments but his discussion included less than a paragraph about his wife in a seven paragraph defense. The book went on to be translated in twenty-seven languages. In recognition for his work, Grant was named a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and a Thinkers50 Most Influential Global Management Thinker in 2015.
A year later his second book, Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World, was published.This study looked at the benefits for pursuing artistic avocations, constantly improving rather than constantly innovating business practices, and the benefits of procrastination.
The book became a New York Times bestseller and inspired a TED talk on the habits of original thinkers. In 2017, he co-authored his third book with Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy. The book focused on Grant’s close relationship with his co-author and her resilience after her husband’s mysterious death at a Mexican resort. On August 8, 2017 he published a rebuff on LinkedIn which was featured on CNBC which outlined modern consensus among social scientists that believe there is little to no differences between the sexes in technical abilities.
Adam Grant Net Worth
He has earned a lot of money from his career but his net worth has not been disclosed.
Adam Grant Originals
Most major breakthroughs in our world are made by a handful of people who dare to think differently. Grant calls them the “Originals”. Using various real life stories and examples of how Originals succeed and fail, Grant shows that creativity can be nurtured. He explains how each of us can think originally and improve our chances of innovating successfully, to make a greater impact.
Adam Grant Books
Besides being a psychologist, he is also known for being a talented writer and an author of several books. They include:
- Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success
- Throw Out the College Application System, The New York Times
- Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World
- Sandberg, Sheryl. 2017. Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy
- How to Build a Culture of Originality
Adam Grant Give and Take
the book Give and Take explains the following:
1.The principle of reciprocity isn’t governed by self-interest.
Adam Grant’s research revealed that in all professional environments there are people that act as either takers, givers or matchers. The book shows that takers are only interested in self-advancement, always assessing what others can offer them. While givers prefer to give more than they get, therefore paying more attention to what others need from them, rather than what they can get from others. Matchers on the other hand, are placed right in the middle. They try to create an equitable balance between giving and taking. They often operate on the policy of fairness when they provide assistance and help to others, they are covered by the principle of reciprocity.
2. Takers have a unique profile and are easy to spot.
You can spot a taker from some distinctive features. They like to receive more than they give and abide by the “dog eat dog world” policy. Takers are a black hole because they can suck the energy from any group or system. They have no resemblance to givers, who have a sunny disposition, and inject light into any organisation they find themselves in.
3. The best leaders are givers.
The most effective leaders prefer to give rather than take. Givers focus on what others need from them and endeavour to be generous with their time, knowledge, energy, skills, ideas and interactions with others. One of the least self-centred, boastful, and egotistical American presidents ever was Abraham Lincoln. He was a giver. The reason why givers make the best leaders is that they have the ability to create a psychologically safe climate where everyone feels they can contribute.
4.Team work without a giving mentality will fall short.
Grant noted that givers do poorly in medical school when every task was an individual activity. They normally soar in the second year when they become part of teams and began dealing with hospitals, nurses, and patients. A strong team with more givers will have access to a free flow of information, knowledge, expertise and connection. Takers and matchers are always strategic when utilizing groups and teams.
5.There’s a thin line between a giver and a doormat.
Givers are always at the top of every success ladder and there are also some givers at the bottom. Those givers at the bottom did not know where to draw a line. To avoid being a doormat leader, Grant explained the necessity for givers to create boundaries around their giving to prevent burn-out. Doing this successfully without getting burned-out or taken advantage of, will create a large network of allies and friends, plus an excellent reputation that will make them an asset for any professional organisation in the long-term.
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Adam Grant to Explore the Psychology of Unconventional Workplaces as Host of Upcoming New TED Original Podcast “WorkLife”
Organizational psychologist, professor, bestselling author and TED speaker Adam Grant is set to host a new TED original podcast series titled Work Life with Adam Grant, which will explore unorthodox work cultures in search of surprising and actionable lessons for improving listeners’ work lives. Beginning Wednesday, February 28, each weekly episode of Work Life will center around one extraordinary workplace—from an award-winning TV writing team racing against the clock, to a sports team whose culture of humility propelled it to unexpected heights. In immersive interviews that take place in both the field and the studio, Adam brings his observations to vivid life – and distills useful insights in his friendly, accessible style.
“We spend a quarter of our lives in our jobs. This show is about making all that time worth your time,” says Adam, the bestselling author of Originals, Give and Take, and Option B with Sheryl Sandberg. “In Work Life,we’ll take listeners inside the minds of some fascinating people in some truly unusual workplaces, and mix in fresh social science to reveal how we can lead more creative, meaningful, and generous lives at work.”Produced by TED in partnership with Pineapple Street Media and Transmitter Media, Work Life is TED’s first original podcast created in partnership with a TED speaker. Its immersive, narrative format is designed to offer audiences a new way to explore TED speaker ideas in depth. Adam’s talks “Are you a giver or a taker?” and “The surprising habits of original thinkers” have together been viewed more than 11 million times in the past two years.
The show marks TED’s latest effort to test new content formats beyond the nonprofit’s signature first-person TED talk. Other recent TED original content experiments include Sincerely, X, an audio series featuring talks delivered anonymously; Small Thing Big Idea,a Facebook Watch video series about everyday designs that changed the world; and the Indian prime-time live-audience television series TED Talks India: Nayi Soch, hosted by Bollywood star and TED speaker Shah Rukh Khan.“We’re aggressively developing and testing a number of new audio and video programs that support TED’s mission of ‘Ideas Worth Spreading,’” said TED head of media and Work Life co-executive producer Colin Helms. “In every case, our speakers and their ideas remain the focus, but with fresh formats, styles and lengths, we can reach and appeal to even more curious audiences, wherever they are.”
Work Life debuts Wednesday, February 28 on Apple Podcasts, the TED Android app, or wherever you like to listen to podcasts. Season 1 features eight episodes, roughly 30 minutes each, plus two bonus episodes.