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Adam Grant

“Being original isn’t about being first. It’s about being different and better.”

Organizational Psychologist, The Wharton School of Business; Best-Selling Author; Host: WorkLife, a TED original podcast

Expertise In:

  • Corporate Culture
  • Innovation
  • Teamwork
  • Creativity
  • Leadership

Audience & Industry

  • Associations
  • Senior Management Groups
  • Corporations
  • The Professional Services Industry
  • The Technology Industry

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

Adam Grant, Wharton’s top-rated professor, specializes in making workplaces more collaborative, creative, and productive. His TED talks have been viewed more than 16 million times, and he received a standing ovation at TED in 2016. His keynote speaking audiences include Google, the NBA, the Gates Foundation, Goldman Sachs and J.P. Morgan, Merck and Johnson & Johnson, Disney Pixar and Amazon, and the Aspen Institute, SXSW, Dreamforce, and the World Economic Forum. Adam is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of four books that have sold over two million copies and been translated into 35 languages: Give and Take, Originals, Option B, and Power Moves. Adam’s insights have been praised by J.J. Abrams, Richard Branson, Bill and Melinda Gates, Malcolm Gladwell, and Malala Yousafzai. He hosts the TED original podcast WorkLife, which has spent two weeks as the #1 show on the Apple chart, writes for The New York Times on work and psychology, and serves on the Department of Defense Innovation Board. He has been profiled on Good Morning America, the Today Show, and in The New York Times Magazine cover story “Is giving the secret to getting ahead?”

Featured Videos

Featured Experiences

Givers Take All: Creating a Culture of Productive Generosity

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. 

Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World

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. 

Resilience at Work: A Fireside Chat with Adam Grant

In this fireside chat, Adam will field questions about how to build resilience in ourselves and our teams. 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. Building on his bestselling book Option B  with Sheryl Sandberg, Adam engages in lively dialogue about how we can confront our weaknesses, maintain our motivation after making mistakes, and embrace the criticism that we normally avoid. He also covers vivid examples and eye-opening evidence about supporting our colleagues when they face hardship and creating the psychological safety to voice and solve real problems. This conversation can be done with an interviewer of your choice.