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WorkLife with Adam Grant

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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,… read more

153 Episodes | 2018 - 2024


February 22nd, 2024


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Redefining hustle culture with Robin Arzón

February 20th, 2024


Robin Arzón is the head instructor at Peloton and an ultramarathon runner, but she didn’t plan to make her career based on her athletic prowess. In …

Revising the stories we hold dear with Denise Hamilton

February 13th, 2024


Denise Hamilton is an inclusion strategist who works with organizations ranging from the UN to the WNBA. She is also the author of Indivisible: How to Forge our Differences into a Stronger Future. Denise and Adam …

Power, purpose, and the American presidency with Jared Cohen

February 6th, 2024


Jared Cohen is a history buff with a career that boasts its own remarkable story. From the State Department to founding Jigsaw at Google to leading …

How to become a "friction-fixer" with Bob Sutton

January 30th, 2024


Bob Sutton is an organizational psychologist and bestselling author. In this zesty conversation with Adam, Bob shares insights on how to overcome …

Overcoming toxic positivity with Susan David

January 23rd, 2024


You don’t always decide what you feel, but you do own how you react to those feelings. In her bestselling book and TED Talk, Harvard Medical School …

You have more control over your emotions than you think with Lisa Feldman Barrett

January 16th, 2024


Emotions are like opinions — everyone has them. Thanks to the pioneering research of today’s guest, we know that it’s possible to transform our feelings by changing how we think and talk about them. Lisa Feldman Barrett …

Jennifer Garner realizes her hidden potential

January 9th, 2024


Jennifer Garner’s roles — from “13 Going on 30” to “Juno” to “Alias” — often center strong women who know how to achieve great things. In a fun and …

Bringing out the good in kids —and parents— with Becky Kennedy (Re-release)

January 2nd, 2024


As a clinical psychologist, Becky Kennedy works with parents to raise good kids. She’s best known as Dr. Becky on Instagram, and has been called the …

Daniel Kahneman doesn't trust your intuition (Re-release)

December 26th, 2023


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 …

Chess grandmaster Maurice Ashley on why mistakes are our greatest teachers

December 19th, 2023


Maurice Ashley is a trailblazing chess grandmaster — the first African-American player to claim that prestigious title. He’s also a chess coaching legend, as spotlighted in Adam's new book, “Hidden Potential.” Adam and …

Your brain on art with Ivy Ross and Susan Magsamen

December 12th, 2023


If you think of the arts as entertainment or luxury, Susan Magsamen and Ivy Ross might ask you to reconsider. The authors of the New York Times bestseller “Your Brain on Art” argue that engaging with music, craft …

The psychology of self-persuasion with Elliot Aronson

December 5th, 2023


Elliot Aronson is one of the preeminent psychologists of the 20th century — his mentors were Abraham Maslow and Leon Festinger, and his award-winning …

Brené Brown on What Vulnerability Isn't

November 28th, 2023


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 …

Poet Maggie Smith on embracing ambiguity

November 21st, 2023


Poet and author Maggie Smith isn’t sure where she falls on the spectrum from optimism to pessimism. But her viral poem “Good Bones” and her bestselling books have inspired countless readers with profound insights on the …

The Office's Rainn Wilson on meaning and happiness

November 14th, 2023


Rainn Wilson was a late bloomer: he landed the role of Dwight Schrute on “The Office” after over a decade of struggling as an actor. But success …

The problem with optimizing our lives (w/ Barry Schwartz and Coco Krumme)

November 7th, 2023


Many people are obsessed with optimizing their lives, but this might be a suboptimal way to live. Adam brings together psychologist Barry Schwartz …

The art of rough drafts with George Saunders

October 31st, 2023


Before his stories regularly appeared in The New Yorker, before the MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellowships, and before being named one of the world’s …

Unlocking Hidden Potential with Malcolm Gladwell

October 24th, 2023


Malcolm Gladwell hosts a rollicking live discussion about Adam's new book, "Hidden Potential: The Science of Achieving Greater Things," which is out …

The Three Big Myths of Mentoring

October 17th, 2023


Mentoring plays an important role in growth and success for both mentors and mentees. But finding the right mentor — and being an effective one — is …

The Zombie Guide to Surviving Bureaucracy

October 10th, 2023


Bureaucracy exists to provide consistency and structure, but it often stifles creativity and productivity – and breeds misery. In this episode, Adam …

The Science of Recharging on Weekends and Vacations

October 3rd, 2023


Many people don’t use all their paid time off from work — and struggle to relax and recover on nights and weekends too. What does it take to make our breaks more restorative? Adam examines the evidence on recovery and …

Why Meetings Suck and How to Fix Them

September 26th, 2023


Meetings often drain our joy and sap our focus – and meeting overload kills productivity. So why do we have so many of them, and is a better world possible? Adam investigates the science of improving meetings and …

How to set boundaries with therapist Nedra Glover Tawwab

August 22nd, 2023


As a therapist, Nedra Glover Tawwab has spent years helping people set boundaries in their personal and professional lives. As the New York Times bestselling author of the books “Drama Free” and “Set Boundaries, Find …

Khan Academy founder Sal Khan on AI and the future of education

August 15th, 2023


As the founder and CEO of Khan Academy, Sal is a pioneer in the education technology space. With millions of users and billions of views, he’s been …

Jim Gaffigan on how comedy leaves an aftertaste

August 8th, 2023


With his sharp observational comedy and dry wit, Jim Gaffigan has been making people laugh for decades. He’s a stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and …

When an introvert and an extrovert fall in love with Chip and Joanna Gaines

August 1st, 2023


Chip and Joanna Gaines are best known for their hit reality TV home renovation show “Fixer Upper.” The married couple has delighted audiences by finding charm in unexpected places, and now Chip and Joanna are building …

How Pixar’s Ed Catmull and Pete Docter make magic on and off screen

July 25th, 2023


As they dreamed up iconic characters like Buzz and Woody, Pixar reinvented how animated movies are made. But first, they had to build a culture to …

How to tell your own story with Baratunde Thurston

July 18th, 2023


Baratunde Thurston is an Emmy-nominated writer, activist and comedian. Whether it’s through his witty and thoughtful work at The Onion or The Daily …

The science of personality and the art of well-being with Brian Little

July 11th, 2023


Award-winning researcher and pioneering psychologist Brian Little has plenty of accomplishments under his belt. He’s the author of the bestselling …

Hidden Figures author Margot Lee Shetterly on reframing the stories we tell

July 4th, 2023


Margot Lee Shetterly used to be an investment banker, a business owner, and a content marketing and editorial consultant. Now she’s the author of the …

Building atomic habits with James Clear

June 27th, 2023


As a blogger and executive coach, James Clear spent years studying how to form and change habits. His research culminated in the book "Atomic …

Chobani CEO Hamdi Ulukaya’s “Anti-CEO Playbook”

June 20th, 2023


When Chobani founder and CEO Hamdi Ulukaya first arrived in the U.S., he had little money and no big plans. But combine his childhood growing up in a …

Ambition vs. aspiration with philosopher Agnes Callard

June 13th, 2023


Before Agnes Callard was a philosophy professor at the University of Chicago, she was on her high school debate team — and she still loves to debate …

Whole Foods founder John Mackey doesn’t follow business plans

June 6th, 2023


When John Mackey co-founded Whole Foods, he didn't consider himself an entrepreneur. But after 42 years of leading the company – and spearheading its …

Admiral Linda Fagan on servant leadership

May 30th, 2023


Admiral Linda Fagan is the Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard – and the first woman to ever lead a branch of the U.S. military. She speaks with Adam about facing impostor syndrome and breaking glass ceilings, …

Have a work problem? Call Fixable!

May 24th, 2023


WorkLife will be back for Season 6 in September. Until then, check out this preview of Fixable, a new work call-in podcast from the TED Audio …

Brené Brown and Simon Sinek on the leadership skills we need to build

May 23rd, 2023


Brené Brown and Simon Sinek are two of the world's most influential thought leaders. They’ve shared their insights on the power of vulnerability and …

NBA Hall of Famer Joe Dumars on managing eclectic personalities

May 16th, 2023


Six-time NBA All-Star and Hall of Famer Joe Dumars spent 14 years with the Detroit Pistons. As the quiet leader of multiple championship teams, he …

Cultivating good power with longtime IBM CEO Ginni Rometty

May 9th, 2023


Ginni Rometty rose through the ranks at IBM to become their first female CEO. After leading the iconic tech company from 2012 to 2020, Ginni chronicled the experiences and lessons learned in her memoir, “Good Power.” In …

Steve Martin on finding your authentic voice

May 4th, 2023


Steve Martin has made an award-winning career out of taking on new identities–from actor and comedian to musician and novelist. Over the years, he’s …

Getting to the heart of team culture with Pete Carroll

April 25th, 2023


How do you build a team capable of winning the Super Bowl? Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll believes it comes down to strong relationships–ones …

Reconsidering your beliefs with Tara Westover

April 18th, 2023


The first time Tara Westover ever stepped into a classroom, she was seventeen. Today, Tara has a PhD in history and a #1 New York Times bestselling book, “Educated”, a memoir about her experience growing up …

How do incentives really work? with Uri Gneezy

April 11th, 2023


What motivates us to do… well, anything? Uri Gneezy is a behavioral economist who has changed our understanding of how incentives influence our …

Sci-fi writer Andy Weir doesn't love writing

April 4th, 2023


Andy Weir is the bestselling author of The Martian and Project Hail Mary. He’s known for weaving deep, carefully researched science into his novels, …

The science of performing under pressure with Sian Beilock

March 28th, 2023


Sian Beilock is a cognitive scientist who specializes in why we choke under pressure. She’s also the first woman to be elected President of Dartmouth …

ChatGPT did NOT title this podcast (w/ Allie Miller & Ethan Mollick)

March 21st, 2023


ChatGPT, the artificial intelligence chatbot capable of generating human-like text, seems to be everywhere. But how trustworthy are these tools -- …

The psychology of fiction with Jennifer Lynn Barnes

March 14th, 2023


As a novelist, Jennifer Lynn Barnes has earned acclaim from critics and fans alike – her series The Inheritance Games has sold over a million copies. …

What animal intelligence reveals about human stupidity with Justin Gregg

March 7th, 2023


Justin Gregg is an animal cognition expert -- he studies what goes on inside the heads of other creatures, and what that means for us. He’s a captivating science writer: one of his specialties is explaining whether …

How Yo-Yo Ma sustains his creative energy

February 28th, 2023


Yo-Yo Ma began playing the cello at age four, played for Presidents John F. Kennedy and Dwight D. Eisenhower at age seven, and has been touring the world since. He’s released over 100 albums and won 19 Grammy awards, …

Life lessons from sports with Jody Avirgan

February 21st, 2023


Jody Avirgan has played and reported on sports at the highest levels. After being one of the few professional Ultimate Frisbee players to be featured in a Sportscenter highlight, he pivoted to a career in radio, where …

Bringing out the good in kids—and parents—with Becky Kennedy

February 14th, 2023


As a clinical psychologist, Becky Kennedy works with parents to raise good kids. She’s best known as Dr. Becky on Instagram, and has been called the …

Soccer star Abby Wambach on being good enough

February 7th, 2023


Abby Wambach is one of soccer’s all-time greats. But in 2015, after she retired with two Olympic medals, a FIFA World Cup Championship, and six U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year awards under her belt, she wasn’t sure what …

Estonia’s Prime Minister Kaja Kallas on leading with strength and sincerity

January 31st, 2023


Kaja Kallas is the current Prime Minister of Estonia – and the first woman to hold the position. Her perceptive communication and bold action against …

Breaking free of stereotype threat with Claude Steele

January 24th, 2023


Claude Steele is one of the most influential social psychologists of all time. As a Stanford professor, he’s best known for his groundbreaking …

The surprising effects of video games with Ash Brandin

January 17th, 2023


As an educator, Ash Brandin’s mission is to make learning in school as fun as playing a game. In exploring the science and practice on the effects of …

Finding–and becoming–great mentors and sponsors with Carla Harris

January 10th, 2023


Carla Harris is a fierce leader, a devoted mentor, and a dynamic speaker. A Wall Street veteran who has been named one of the most powerful Black …

Knowing when to quit with world poker champion Annie Duke

January 3rd, 2023


Annie Duke dropped out of a PhD program in cognitive psychology– and went on to win the World Series of Poker. At the Authors@Wharton Series, Adam …

Malcolm Gladwell Questions Everything

December 28th, 2022


For our final episode of the year, let’s revisit Adam and Malcolm’s conversation from the archive.

When Adam Grant and Malcolm Gladwell sit down to …

Dolly Parton is burning up, not burning out

December 20th, 2022


As we get ready for 2023, we’re excited to bring you a conversation Adam had earlier this year with beloved musician Dolly Parton. Adam talks with …

The science of healthy relationships with John and Julie Gottman

December 13th, 2022


For decades, renowned psychologists John and Julie Gottman have studied–and guided–healthy relationships. They share insights from their research–and …

The Science of Motivation | A Slight Change of Plans

December 12th, 2022


This week, we’re sharing a preview of A Slight Change of Plans, from Pushkin Industries. Cognitive scientist Dr. Maya Shankar blends compassionate storytelling with the science of human behavior to help us understand …

Why data don’t have all the answers with data scientist Andrea Jones-Rooy

December 6th, 2022


Andrea Jones-Rooy is a data scientist who’s skeptical about data—and a comedian. Andrea and Adam talk about the perks and perils of sharing data on social media, the similarities between the scientific method and …

How to have good arguments with world debate champion Bo Seo

November 29th, 2022


Growing up, Bo Seo avoided arguments at all costs–until he discovered competitive debate. He went on to win the world debate championship twice and coach the Australian national team as well as the Debating Union at …

The four-day work week: luxury or necessity?

November 22nd, 2022


Why do we work five days a week? Could we be just as productive, healthier and happier by working less? And if so, how can leaders and workers …

The problem with setting goals, with NFL linebacker Emmanuel Acho

November 15th, 2022


For someone who doesn’t believe in goal-setting, Emmanuel Acho is highly accomplished. He’s a former NFL linebacker, an Emmy-winning TV sports analyst, and the New York Times bestselling author of “Uncomfortable …

The psychology of human delusions with filmmaker Adam McKay

November 8th, 2022


Adam McKay is one of the great satirists of our screens–he’s the writer, director, and producer behind Don’t Look Up, Succession, and The Big Short. Before that, he was best known for making us laugh at Anchorman and as …

If teachers took over the government with Sharon McMahon

November 1st, 2022


If you were online during the historic 2020 election cycle, you may have seen Sharon McMahon’s viral videos. A former high school educator now known …

Reese Witherspoon on turning impostor syndrome into confidence

October 25th, 2022


When Reese Witherspoon was in rehearsals for her lead role in the 2005 film Walk the Line, she wanted to quit–every day. But she went on to win the …

Life, the universe, and everything with Nobel laureate physicist Saul Perlmutter

October 18th, 2022


Growing up, Saul Perlmutter just wanted to know how the world worked. In 2011, he was part of the Nobel Prize-winning team that discovered the …

How Celeste Ng writes fiery prose

October 11th, 2022


It took Celeste Ng a long time to believe she could write for a living. Now she’s the New York Times bestselling author of the novels “Everything I …

Busting the myths of the brain with neuroscientist Chantel Prat

October 4th, 2022


Have you ever thought you can’t do something because you’re “not wired that way”? Neuroscientist Chantel Prat might challenge you to rethink your beliefs. Chantel dispels some sticky myths about right-brainers and …

Malcolm Gladwell Experiments with Adam's Class

October 1st, 2022


This week, we’re sharing a special episode from one of Adam's favorite podcasts, Revisionist History. Revisionist History is Malcolm Gladwell’s …

Surgeon Atul Gawande wants everyone to have a coach

September 27th, 2022


Atul Gawande was advised by a colleague to say yes to every opportunity until he turned 40. Since then he’s been a renowned surgeon, a public health …

How free solo climber Alex Honnold faces fear

September 20th, 2022


In 2017, Alex Honnold did what even the world’s best rock climbers thought was impossible. He climbed to the top of El Capitan– a granite rock …

Mark Cuban doesn’t believe in following your passions

September 13th, 2022


Mark Cuban has gone from selling garbage bags door-to-door to selling internet companies for billions, acquiring an NBA team, and becoming a beloved “Shark” on Shark Tank. Mark reveals to Adam how he turns problems into …

Introducing ReThinking with Adam Grant

September 9th, 2022


Great news WorkLifers! You told us you wanted more episodes of Taken for Granted, and we listened. We’ve renamed the show Re:Thinking with Adam …

Michael Schur on every moral question ever | The TED Interview

September 1st, 2022


Michael Scott, Leslie Knope, Detective Jake Peralta–television producer and writer Michael Schur has created some of TV’s most beloved sitcom characters on shows like The Office, Parks and Recreation, and The Good …

How to Change Your Workplace

June 28th, 2022


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


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


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


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 …

Ava DuVernay is Triumphant

May 31st, 2022


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 …

Satya Nadella is building the future

May 24th, 2022


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


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 …

Jon Batiste on the art of pushing your limits

May 10th, 2022


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


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


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


“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


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


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


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


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 16th, 2022


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 …

Esther Duflo wants you to think like a plumber

November 9th, 2021


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 …

Indra Nooyi Says It’s Time for Leaders to Care

November 2nd, 2021


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 …

Indra Nooyi wants us to reimagine the return to work

October 26th, 2021


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, …

Allyson Felix on defeating disappointment and savoring success

October 19th, 2021


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


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


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


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 …

Lin-Manuel Miranda Daydreams, and His Dad Gets Things Done

June 29th, 2021


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 …

John Green Wants You to Pay Attention to Your Attention

June 22nd, 2021


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 …

Mellody Hobson on Taking Tough Feedback

June 15th, 2021


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 …

Merve Emre on Emotional Intelligence as Corporate Control

June 8th, 2021


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


“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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 …

Daniel Kahneman Doesn't Trust Your Intuition

March 16th, 2021


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 …

Malcolm Gladwell Questions Everything

March 9th, 2021


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 …

Jane Goodall on Leadership Lessons from Primates

March 2nd, 2021


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

Brené Brown on What Vulnerability Isn't

February 23rd, 2021


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


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


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


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


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


"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


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


"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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


“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


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


What we can learn about friendly competition from Olympic skiers, elite marathoners, 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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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