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Adam Grant
Organizational psychologist . Books: GIVE AND TAKE, ORIGINALS, OPTION B. Podcast: WorkLife . Diver. Success is helping others succeed.
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Adam Grant 12h
The best job isn't always in the most influential place. It's in the place where you can be the most influential. It makes sense to join a less prestigious organization when it offers more opportunities for growth.
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Adam Grant Mar 21
When men make self-deprecating jokes, they’re seen as more capable leaders. When women do it, they’re judged as less capable. Reminder: if a woman pokes fun at herself, it’s not a sign of incompetence. It’s a sign of humility and wit.
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Adam Grant Mar 20
Don’t help people because you want something in return. Help them because it’s one of your values—or because you believe in them and their values. :
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Adam Grant Mar 19
When choosing a job, don't be a small fish in a big pond or a big fish in a small pond. Find a job in a growing pond. That's where you'll become a bigger fish by building your capabilities, connections, and contributions.
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Adam Grant Mar 18
How to be a better bullshit detector: (1) Interrogate content instead of simply consuming it (2) Reject rank and popularity as a proxy for reliability (3) Verify information before sharing it
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Adam Grant Mar 17
Snowplow parents prepare the road for kids. Responsible parents prepare kids for the road. Resilience is built not by eliminating struggle, but by normalizing it. Teach kids to see obstacles as temporary hurdles.
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Adam Grant Mar 16
The mark of a lifelong learner is recognizing that you can learn something from everyone you meet. Knowledge is best sought from experts. Wisdom can come from anywhere.
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Adam Grant Mar 15
Seeing your rivals succeed can fuel your motivation. In the NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB, and NCAA hoops, the better your biggest rival did last year, the more games you win this year. In the long run, you're better off rooting for your rivals than against them.
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Adam Grant Mar 14
Having a mentor advances your career. Becoming a mentor adds meaning to your career. Randomly assigning police officers to be mentors increased meaning—and decreased stress. Developing the next generation improves our mental health.
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Adam Grant Mar 13
Too many managers value presence instead of performance. Let go of face time. Ask people to show up for collaborative work. Give them the freedom to do individual work on their own time, in their own place, at their own pace. :
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Adam Grant Mar 12
Competition often feels zero-sum, but it doesn't have to be. Even in individual sports, Olympic rivals train together and help one another in races. Life is a team sport. Surround yourself with people who elevate your game. :
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Adam Grant Mar 11
Frustration doesn’t always lead to fight or flight. It can be a source of creative fuel. Don’t discount disgruntled people. When they feel committed and supported, dissatisfaction energizes them to find new solutions to old problems.
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Adam Grant Mar 10
One of the main reasons people fall short of their potential is they care more about looking good than getting better. Excellence is the product of high aspirations and low ego.
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Adam Grant Mar 9
"If you want something done, give it to a busy person" means that the more productive you become, the longer your to-do list becomes. You need a to-don't list: a set of activities you permanently cross off your calendar.
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Adam Grant Mar 8
Gender pay gaps shrink by 7% when companies are required to disclose them. In the words of Louis Brandeis, "Sunlight is the best of disinfectants."
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Adam Grant Mar 7
Even when people look cheerful on the outside, they may be suffering on the inside: at least 15% of depressed people present a happy face. Being supportive means removing pressure to be positive and giving permission to be real.
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Adam Grant Mar 6
There’s no such thing as a self-made man or woman, let alone a self-made billionaire. No fortune is made without extraordinary advantages of luck and opportunity.
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Adam Grant Mar 6
The best time to shake things up is not when you’re struggling. It’s when you’re doing well—that’s when you have the time, energy, and freedom to innovate.
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Adam Grant Mar 5
To overcome complacency… (1) Gather people who are dissatisfied with the status quo (2) Listen to their frustrations (3) Unleash them to attack the problems they see
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Adam Grant Mar 5
Easy goals breed complacency. Impossible goals are overwhelming. The ideal goal is a just manageable difficulty: a meaningful challenge that stretches your skills to the edge of what you think is possible. :
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