Exclusively WSBAdam Grant

Adam Grant

Professor, The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and Author, Give and Take, Originals, and Option B

Named one of the world’s 10 most influential management thinkers and one of the Fortune’s 40 under 40, Adam Grant is a leading expert on promoting generosity, originality, and resilience.


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  • Millennials, Motivation, and the Changing World of Work


  • Rebuilding Confidence After Loss


  • The Positive Impact of Journaling


  • SXSW 2017: Interactive Keynote


  • TED2016: The Surprising Habits of Original Thinkers


  • TED: Are You A Giver or A Taker?

  • Resilience at Work

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    Every organization faces adversity—from external disruption and internal errors to customer complaints and employee conflicts. And we all face our own professional challenges, from failure to rejection to disappointment. Adam Grant and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg started exploring how we can build resilience in ourselves and our teams. This talk extends beyond their best-selling book Option B to cover what it takes to increase the strength and speed of our response to adversity at work. With vivid examples and eye-opening evidence, Adam illuminates how we can learn to confront our weaknesses, maintain our motivation after making mistakes, and embrace the criticism that we normally avoid. He also shares how leaders can create psychological safety and challenge people to improve without threatening their egos. Can you handle it?



  • Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World

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    To survive and thrive, organizations need original thinking. Yet most individuals stay silent instead of voicing their best ideas—and many leaders stifle dissent rather than encouraging it. Drawing on his blockbuster new book, Originals, Adam Grant explores how we can all get better at recognizing and championing new ideas, how to overcome fear and doubt and how to build cultures that welcome diverse perspectives and honest feedback. He reveals why late entrants typically beat first movers, friendly managers end up being the least supportive, devil’s advocates often backfire but contrarian opinions are useful even when they’re wrong, and the values that help organizations prosper early on are the same ones that thwart their growth later. Grant’s insights on unleashing originality have been praised by J.J. Abrams, Richard Branson, Malcolm Gladwell, Sheryl Sandberg and Peter Thiel, and this talk brings them to life in ways that are both surprising and entertaining.


  • Is Giving the Secret to Getting Ahead?

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    Why do some people rise to the top, while others sink to the bottom? For generations, we have focused on the individual forces that shape success: motivation, talent and luck. But in today’s dramatically reconfigured world, success is increasingly dependent on how we interact with others. Building on his New York Times best-selling book, Give and Take, Adam introduces three fundamental styles of professional interaction and demonstrates their profound implications for individual performance. He reveals surprising insights about what it takes to develop productive interactions, and how leaders, managers and employees can use this understanding to build richer networks, more innovative teams and more rewarding service relationships.


  • Givers Take All: Creating a Culture of Productive Generosity

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    Culture is a cornerstone of success, but many leaders struggle in managing the cultures of their teams and organizations. Based on a decade of research and consulting with Fortune 500 companies, including recent projects at JetBlue, Goldman Sachs, Teach For America and Warby Parker, Adam Grant argues that the highest-performing organizations are the ones that embrace an ethos of knowledge sharing, helping and mentoring. In this dynamic presentation, Adam outlines the key strategies for building a culture of productive generosity. He covers how leaders and organizations can improve practices around selection and hiring, recognition and rewards, and collaboration and coordination to boost revenue, efficiency and satisfaction.



  • Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy
  • Originals: How Nonconformists Move the World Forward
  • Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success

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