Adam Grant On The Joy of Being Wrong, The Power of Rethinking & The Future of Work
If knowledge is power, knowing what we don’t know is wisdom.
Now more than ever, opinions divide us. Meanwhile, our ability to effectively communicate has degraded, fueled by social media algorithms and self-selected information silos that confirm our biases, calcify our world views, and consequently drive us even further apart. As a result we suffer—individually and as a collective.
According to today’s guest—an expert in opening other people’s minds—the solution lies in thinking more critically, flexibly and scientifically. It’s about arguing like you’re right but listening like you’re wrong. Bringing curiosity and nuance to charged conversations. And learning how to embrace the joy of being wrong.
Meet Adam Grant, an organizational psychologist who specializes in how we can find motivation and meaning in work, and live more generous and creative lives.
After graduating from Harvard magna cum laude, Adam completed his master’s degree and Ph.D. at the University of Michigan in just three years. At 28 he became Wharton’s youngest-ever tenured professor, where he has been recognized as the top-rated professor for seven straight years, named one of the world’s 10 most influential management thinkers and listed among Fortune‘s 40 under 40.
One of the world’s most-cited, prolific and significant researchers in business and economics, Adam is the author of several New York Times bestselling books that have sold millions of copies and been translated into 35 languages, including Give and Take, Originals, and Option B. His books have been named among the year’s best by Amazon, Apple, the Financial Times, and The Wall Street Journal and praised by J.J. Abrams, Richard Branson, Bill and Melinda Gates, Malcolm Gladwell, Daniel Kahneman, and Malala Yousafzai.
Certain to be another culture-tilting bestseller, Adam’s new book, and the focus of today’s conversation, is Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know.
In addition, Adam’s TED Talks on original thinkers and givers and takers have garnered over 20 million views. And when he’s not writing, teaching, parenting, or consulting on behalf of organizations like Google, the NBA, or the Gates Foundation, he hosts WorkLife, a chart-topping TED original podcast.
Equal parts fun and powerful, this conversation is about the importance and power of interpersonal and collective rethinking.
We discuss strategies for engaging with others who see the world differently. And what we can learn when we lead not with argumentation but rather with curiosity and humility.
In a time of entrenched polarization, Adam creates space for nuance. He teaches us to think critically and carefully. To ask questions. And to hold our views flexibly.
He also offers sage advice on work in the time of COVID, when so many people’s professional ecosystems have been turned upside down.
My hope is that this exchange encourages you to identify your own biases. Emboldens you to connect more meaningfully with those who see things differently. And inspires you to relish in being wrong.
It was an honor to hold space with a luminary I have greatly respected from afar. And to make a new friend along the way.
May this conversation leave you thinking more critically about your own beliefs—and more empathetically about others’.
Peace + Plants,
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- Adam Grant: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- Book: Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World
- Book: Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success
- Book: Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know
- Book: Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy
- Book: Leif and the Fall
- Podcast: WorkLife with Adam Grant
- TED: Are You A Giver Or A Taker?
- TED: The Surprising Habits Of Original Thinkers
- NY Times: Columns by Adam Grant
- The Atlantic: Articles by Adam Grant
- Harvard Business Review: In the Company of Givers and Takers
- New York Times: The Science Of Reasoning With Unreasonable People
- New York Times: Articles By Adam Grant
- INC: Prolific Wharton Professor Adam Grant Doesn’t Worry About Time Management. Here’s What He Does Instead–and So Should You
- INC: Want to Stop Procrastinating in 2021? New Research Says Ask Yourself 4 Questions–Repeatedly
- Inc.: Adam Grant: There Is Such a Thing as Too Much Authenticity
- Inc.: Why The Best Leaders Love Being Wrong
- Inc.: Want to Be More Successful in 2021? Embrace the Power of Rethinking
- Inc.: Prolific Wharton Professor Adam Grant Doesn’t Worry About Time Management
- Marker: Adam Grant Picks 12 Books to Kick Off 2021
- The Washington Post: Adam Grant says productivity has improved as workers stay home
- Forbes: 10 Easy Ways To Develop Strong Professional Relationships In A Virtual Working World
- Forbes: Is That The Best Solution? ‘Think Again’ Says Adam Grant
- OZY: Adam Grant’s Philosophy Of Giving
- WBUR: Teaching Your Kids Kindness May Help Them Succeed Later In Life
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