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WorkLife with Adam Grant

75 EpisodesProduced by TEDWebsite

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,… read more

75 Episodes | 2018 - 2022

How to Change Your Workplace

June 28th, 2022

37:46

It’s hard to make change at work happen. But wherever you sit in the hierarchy, there are steps you can take to overcome resistance and motivate people to embrace new ideas. In this episode, Adam brings in an education …

The 4 Deadly Sins of Work Culture

June 21st, 2022

41:01

How do you avoid joining a toxic culture– and build a healthy one once you’ve arrived? In this episode, Adam explores how to recognize the four …

It’s Time To Stop Ignoring Disability

June 14th, 2022

40:30

Disability is far more common and far more diverse than we might realize. But often, people are reluctant to reveal their disabilities, and managers don’t know how to address them. In this episode, Adam investigates …

The Do’s And Don'ts Of Returning To The Office

June 7th, 2022

37:34

It’s been two years since offices around the world were thrown into virtual environments to do their jobs, and now many leaders are itching to get everyone back in the office. But new evidence demonstrates that hybrid …

Taken for Granted: Ava DuVernay is Triumphant

May 31st, 2022

34:57

Before Ava DuVernay became the first Black woman director to win Sundance and get nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars, she was a publicist with a little hobby, a big dream, and a lot of patience. Adam talks to Ava …

Taken for Granted: Satya Nadella is building the future

May 24th, 2022

27:48

Satya Nadella is a modern renaissance man; he’s a cricket enthusiast, poetry lover, oh, and the chairman and CEO of Microsoft with a nearly perfect approval rating on Glassdoor. Satya has led a transformation at …

Is Emotional Intelligence Really So Important? | No Stupid Questions

May 17th, 2022

33:28

Today, something a little different. We're sharing an episode of No Stupid Questions, a podcast about human behavior hosted by Adam’s colleague and …

Taken for Granted: Jon Batiste on the art of pushing your limits

May 10th, 2022

28:47

Jon Batiste has had a record year—he was the most nominated artist at the Grammys, winning five of his ELEVEN nominations across multiple categories, …

Breaking Up with Perfectionism

May 3rd, 2022

41:45

Perfectionism is on the rise–and not just in job interviews when people claim it’s their greatest weakness. But the desire to be flawless is not always productive—or healthy. As a recovering perfectionist, Adam dives …

How To Pitch Your Best Ideas

April 26th, 2022

42:59

Great pitches can seem like genius or magic. But you don’t have to be a great salesperson to give a great pitch. Whether you’re floating an idea at a team meeting, looking for investors for your startup, or applying for …

Rethinking Flexibility at Work

April 19th, 2022

37:10

“Flexibility” is the number one request people are making from employers. But flexibility is much more than WHERE you work–it also means having the freedom to make choices about what you work on, who you work with, and …

The Not-So-Great Resignation

April 12th, 2022

37:29

Over the past year, the Great Resignation has been all over the news. Many people are celebrating quitting their jobs… but it’s a decision some will come to regret. So when’s the right time to leave? How do you quit …

Dolly Parton is burning up, not burning out

April 5th, 2022

25:41

Dolly Parton is a living legend. Her hit songs like “9 to 5”, “Jolene”, and “I Will Always Love You” have captured generation after generation, and …

Leadership lessons from Zelenskyy and Putin

March 29th, 2022

36:52

As Russia continues to attack Ukraine, the whole world is watching a momentous clash of leadership styles. No one is more qualified to analyze the …

A Glimpse Into The Future | TED Radio Hour

March 22nd, 2022

49:07

This hour, futurist Amy Webb guides us through innovations that give a glimpse into the future of transportation, wellness, tech, commerce, and travel ... and the impacts they'll have on our lives. This is an episode of …

Annie Murphy Paul | The Next Big Idea

March 15th, 2022

54:33

WorkLife will be back on March 29 with new episodes including an incredible conversation with Dolly Parton, and an episode on the (not so) Great …

Taken for Granted: Esther Duflo wants you to think like a plumber

November 9th, 2021

56:59

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 …

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

November 2nd, 2021

40:26

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 …

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

October 26th, 2021

45:50

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, …

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

October 19th, 2021

54:53

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 …

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

October 13th, 2021

12:48

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, …

We should allow sad days, not just sick days

July 27th, 2021

38:55

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 …

Is it Safe to Speak Up at Work?

July 20th, 2021

37:26

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 …

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

June 29th, 2021

44:04

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 …

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

June 22nd, 2021

53:16

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 …

Taken for Granted: Mellody Hobson on Taking Tough Feedback

June 15th, 2021

37:17

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 …

Taken for Granted: Merve Emre on Emotional Intelligence as Corporate Control

June 8th, 2021

53:34

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 …

Your Insecurities Aren’t What You Think They Are

June 1st, 2021

40:21

“I can’t do this.” “I didn’t deserve this promotion.” “When will they find me out?” If you’ve had thoughts like these, you aren’t alone. Nearly 70% of people have experienced imposter syndrome—even some of the most …

Who's the Boss?

May 25th, 2021

41:07

Workers are now expecting more from their employers beyond a paycheck and benefits. Employees want an employer who lines up with their values outside of work and stands up in the name of justice. And when they don’t, …

How to Bust Bias at Work

May 18th, 2021

43:14

We’ve all been to bias training, but it rarely works—and sometimes backfires. Science suggests that to drive real change, it’s not enough to run one-off workshops. We need to change individual and organizational habits. …

Why it Pays to Raise Pay

May 11th, 2021

44:35

When employees are paid more, they give more. Going above market pay might sound like a fantasy, but in a growing number of companies it’s becoming a profitable reality. Peek inside workplaces that have reinvented their …

Dax Shepard Doesn't Believe in Regret

May 4th, 2021

45:54

Comedian, actor, and Armchair Expert host Dax Shepard steps into the hot seat for a conversation with Adam on Clubhouse. They discuss what he's learned over the course of 300+ interviews, how he thinks about humor at …

Bonus: That Blah You’re Feeling Is Called Languishing

May 3rd, 2021

9:03

Adam wrote a viral article for The New York Times on a feeling many of us are struggling with right now. It's somewhere between burnout and …

Glennon Doyle Wants you to Abandon Identity

April 27th, 2021

38:55

Author and activist Glennon Doyle used to say “I am a Christian. I am straight. I am an addict.” Now she simply says “I am.” In this episode, Doyle sits down with Adam to discuss letting go of past identities — and …

How to Build an Inclusive Workplace

April 20th, 2021

50:38

Over the last year, in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, many companies have paid lip service to racial inclusion. But what does it actually take to …

The Science of Productive Conflict

April 13th, 2021

39:49

Whether it's over a project, politics, or pizza toppings, conflict with colleagues is inevitable. The goal is not to eliminate it; it’s to handle it …

Navigating Career Turbulence

April 6th, 2021

35:23

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 …

How to Rethink a Bad Decision

March 30th, 2021

37:29

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 …

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

March 16th, 2021

35:57

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 …

Taken for Granted: Malcolm Gladwell Questions Everything

March 9th, 2021

1:21:04

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 …

Taken for Granted: Jane Goodall on Leadership Lessons from Primates

March 2nd, 2021

43:11

Have you ever felt your work colleagues sometimes act like animals? In this conversation, Jane and Adam take that idea literally, exploring what …

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

February 23rd, 2021

40:34

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 …

Think Again: JJ Abrams Takes Adam’s Job

January 31st, 2021

40:48

JJ Abrams joins as the interviewer for an exclusive first look at Adam's forthcoming book: “Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know.” Together, they illuminate strategies for maintaining humility, …

How Science Can Fix Remote Work

May 13th, 2020

44:04

Remote work was a trend that some companies and gig workers were trying out, even as others resisted. Then the pandemic made it an overnight reality for many of us. This feels like uncharted territory, but there’s …

Career Decline Isn't Inevitable

May 5th, 2020

34:21

As we age, we often feel like the clock starts ticking on our careers. But there are ways to sustain—and even gain—excellence over time. Meet a musician whose career ended too soon, and an entrepreneur and a social …

Bonus: The Fall of WeWork's Culture

April 30th, 2020

47:03

Exclusive: In his first public interview since WeWork’s collapse, former Chief Growth Officer David Fano opens up about the company’s leadership and …

Reinventing the Job Interview

April 21st, 2020

38:51

"We’ve all answered our share of cringeworthy interview questions—and watched managers pick the wrong person while rejecting the right one. Is it time to delegate hiring decisions to algorithms? Find out what the …

We Don’t Have to Fight Loneliness Alone

April 14th, 2020

38:30

Many workplaces have become increasingly lonely, even before the coronavirus pandemic made more of us literally remote. It’s not just an unpleasant feeling—loneliness can hurt our health and our job performance. Find …

Authenticity Is a Double-Edged Sword

April 7th, 2020

38:08

"Just be yourself." That's popular work advice these days, with more and more companies encouraging people to “be authentic” and bring their whole …

Bonus: Relationships at Work with Esther Perel

March 30th, 2020

1:09:07

Work relationships are complicated. Who holds the power and why? What are effective ways to solve conflict? And how do you know when it’s time to …

The Science of the Deal

March 24th, 2020

37:56

Most of us negotiate in one of two ways: either you roll right over the other party, or you just roll over. But great negotiators refuse to believe …

Burnout Is Everyone's Problem

March 17th, 2020

41:52

Burnout seems to be everywhere. But it’s not inevitable. Come inside some high-pressure workplaces that have figured out how to fight exhaustion by …

The Real Reason You Procrastinate

March 10th, 2020

36:17

You procrastinate because you're lazy, right? Wrong. The truth is more complex—and far more interesting. Learn how to stop putting off important tasks ... with a little help from master procrastinator Margaret Atwood.

Bonus: Wild Work Advice with Cheryl Strayed

February 12th, 2020

32:57

We’re constantly seeking advice about our work lives. Which job offer to take. When to quit. Whether to blow the whistle on a bad boss. But so much of the advice we get—and give—turns out to be bad. For some sage …

Bonus: Fadbusting with Freakonomics

May 20th, 2019

28:47

Open office plans. Learning styles. 10,000 hours of practice. Freakonomics host Stephen Dubner joins Adam for a live conversation to reveal why some …

When Strength Becomes Weakness

April 23rd, 2019

36:37

Excellence comes from doing what you do best—but you need to make sure you’re doing it at the right times. This episode is made possible with the support of JPMorgan Chase & Co., Accenture, Bonobos, and Hilton.

Bouncing Back from Rejection

April 16th, 2019

44:26

Learn how to face rejection—and even come out stronger because of it. This episode is made possible with the support of Hilton, Accenture, Bonobos, and JPMorgan Chase & Co.

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How to Remember Anything

April 9th, 2019

33:18

Memory is a skill you can learn -- and a powerful strategy every workplace can harness. This episode is made possible with the support of Accenture, …

The Office Without A**holes

April 2nd, 2019

41:10

How do you deal with jerks at work? And is it possible to eliminate them altogether? This episode is made possible with the support of Bonobos, Accenture, Hilton, and JPMorgan Chase & Co.

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The Perils of Following Your Career Passion

March 26th, 2019

34:44

“Do what you love” is often terrible advice. Instead of taking the job that will make you happiest, look for the one where you’ll learn the most. This episode is made possible with the support of JPMorgan Chase & …

Networking For People Who Hate Networking

March 19th, 2019

36:00

Ditch your business cards. There are more effective, less awkward strategies for building your connections. This episode is made possible with the support of Bonobos, Accenture, Hilton, and JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Become Friends with Your Rivals

March 12th, 2019

39:39

What we can learn about friendly competition from Olympic skiers, elite marathoners, and...food truck vendors. This episode is made possible with the support of Accenture, Bonobos, Hilton, and JPMorgan Chase & Co.

The Creative Power of Misfits

March 5th, 2019

40:12

Harness the power of frustrated people to shake up the status quo — just like Pixar did. This episode is made possible with the support of Bonobos, Accenture, Hilton, and JPMorgan Chase & Co.


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Teaser: WorkLife Season 2

February 20th, 2019

3:05

Work doesn't have to suck; science says so. Take a trip inside the minds of expert networkers and Olympic champions, an Oscar-winning director and an …

Bonus: A Debate with Malcolm Gladwell

May 10th, 2018

54:05

In a special live taping at the 92nd Street Y in New York, Adam talks with Revisionist History's Malcolm Gladwell about how to avoid doing highly …

Bonus: #MeToo with Ashley Judd, Ronan Farrow, and Tarana Burke

April 25th, 2018

36:17

To find out how to stop sexual harassment at work, Adam talks with three powerful voices of the #MeToo movement: its founder Tarana Burke, Pulitzer …

When Work Takes Over Your Life

April 18th, 2018

37:34

Technology is making it harder than ever to disconnect, but it might be easier than you think. To learn about setting boundaries, Adam talks with …

A World Without Bosses

April 11th, 2018

34:26

Being your own boss can be liberating, but it can also be paralyzing. Adam talks with author Dan Pink about the challenges of working for ourselves and visits a tomato paste company, Morning Star, that has run …

Faking Your Emotions at Work

April 4th, 2018

33:40

You manage your own emotions at work—and your coworkers’ and customers’ emotions too. How do you do that without burning out? To find out how to get into character, deliver a great performance, and avoid exhaustion, …

How to Trust People You Don’t Like

March 28th, 2018

34:19

Astronauts on the International Space Station live in capsules together for months. And yes, they can get on each other's nerves. A crew of …

Your Hidden Personality

March 21st, 2018

32:30

Are you an introvert... or an extrovert? You might not know yourself as well as you think. Adam talks with “Quiet” author Susan Cain and visits a workplace where personality training starts even before job training, to …

The Problem with All-Stars

March 14th, 2018

33:10

The Butler Bulldogs have a habit of shocking college basketball fans by beating top teams with far more talent. How do they do it? Adam Grant joins …

The Daily Show’s Secret to Creativity

March 7th, 2018

33:40

Group brainstorming is usually where creativity goes to die. But at The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, they have it down to a science. Adam takes us behind the scenes in the writers’ room to show how creative …

How to Love Criticism

February 28th, 2018

34:34

What if you could tell your co-workers what you really think of them? At the world’s most successful hedge fund, everyone is rated and ranked …

Trailer: WorkLife with Adam Grant

February 7th, 2018

2:15

What do the Daily Show, the Boston Celtics, and NASA all have in common? They’re about to change the way you think about work.

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