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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 18h
Workplaces have open secrets because of diffusion of responsibility: if everyone knows about a problem, no one feels personally responsible for speaking up. If you see something everyone sees, say something anyway.
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Adam Grant Jan 13
Instead of keeping a daily gratitude journal, write a daily gratitude note to someone you appreciate. Saying thanks is less awkward than we expect—and brings more joy to others than we expect.
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Adam Grant Jan 12
Your legacy as a leader is determined not by the number of followers you have, but by the amount of good your followers do.
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Adam Grant Jan 10
It's amazing how many online discussions live at the bottom of the hierarchy of disagreement. If you're in a debate and you call someone an asshat, you're the asshat.
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Adam Grant Jan 9
You're entitled to your own opinions in your head. But if you choose to express them out loud, it's your responsibility to: (1) Ground them in logic and facts (2) Explain your reasoning to others (3) Change them when better evidence emerges
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Adam Grant Jan 8
No, getting a lot of email is not an excuse for not replying. It's a small act of incivility. Get organized. Engage. Show you care. And set boundaries. A short reply is better than none at all.
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Adam Grant Jan 7
Data shouldn't replace human judgment. Data should inform human judgment. Knowing what works on average still requires you to assess whether the average applies to your situation.
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Adam Grant Jan 6
The joy of giving lasts longer than the joy of receiving. Gifts received are quickly taken for granted as things we own. Gifts given have staying power as contributions we've made. :
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Adam Grant Jan 5
Weak leaders hoard power. Strong leaders share power. Selfish leaders use power for personal gain. Servant leaders use power for social good. What I learned about power :
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Adam Grant Jan 4
"You don't hire for skills, you hire for attitude. You can always teach skills." RIP Herb Kelleher , who was shining proof that you don't have to check your heart or your sense of humor at the office door.
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Adam Grant Jan 2
Productivity comes from making habits of doing. Creativity comes from breaking habits of thinking. Innovation comes from toggling between novel ideas and familiar routines.
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Adam Grant Jan 1
It’s hard to keep a resolution for yourself. It’s hard to break a resolution for others. The art of motivation maintenance is knowing that others are counting on you.
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Adam Grant Dec 31
When a leader averages 15 false statements a day, the natural response is to call him a liar. But let’s not forget the wisdom of George Costanza: “It’s not a lie if you believe it.”
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Adam Grant Dec 30
To understand success, focus less on the final product and more on the mundane process. It's way more fun to read Harry Potter or see Hamilton than it would be to watch or write. But the seeds of greatness are planted in the daily grind.
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Adam Grant Dec 29
When parents are too hands-on, kids fail to learn self-reliance. Instead of hovering like a helicopter parent, try submarine parenting: give kids the freedom to explore and surface if there’s a distress signal.
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Adam Grant Dec 28
To have a relaxing vacation, detach from work. To have an energizing vacation, seek out a mastery experience. We find flow through embracing new challenges and building new skills. :
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Adam Grant Dec 27
Good leadership books (a) introduce original ideas, (b) back them with evidence & experience, (c) make them engaging. My top 19 picks to start 2019 explore how to improve work, find courage, fuel innovation, & understand the past and future of humanity.
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Adam Grant Dec 26
Helping others doesn't require you to burn out. Many requests can be fulfilled with 5-minute favors. Generosity doesn't mean saying yes to everyone. Every no is a chance to say yes when it matters more.
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Adam Grant Dec 24
If you’re always afraid of others taking advantage of you, you’ll succeed in protecting yourself in the moment—but you’ll fail at building relationships over time. Trust starts with small acts of generosity, without the expectation of reciprocity.
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Adam Grant Dec 21
Hiring people whose views are aligned with yours helps your ego and hurts your effectiveness. Weak leaders work with people who make them feel good. Strong leaders work with people who challenge them to do better.
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