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Adam Grant

“If knowledge is power, knowing what you don’t know is wisdom.”

Organizational Psychologist, The Wharton School of Business; Bestselling Author; Host: WorkLife, a TED Original Podcast

"Adam Grant is, plain and simple, one of the finest social scientists of his generation. He is the rare scholar whose work combines academic rigor with real-world practicality."

Dan Pink, Bestselling Author

Expertise In:

  • Corporate Culture
  • Innovation
  • Teamwork
  • Creativity
  • Leadership

Audience & Industry

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

Organizational psychologist Adam Grant helps build innovative, collaborative work cultures by activating trailblazers to improve the status quo.

Adam Grant has been Wharton’s top-rated professor for 7 straight years. As an organizational psychologist, he is a leading expert on how we can find motivation and meaning, and live more generous and creative lives. He has been recognized as one of the world’s 10 most influential management thinkers and Fortune’s 40 under 40.

​He is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of 5 books that have sold millions of copies and been translated into 35 languages: Think Again, Give and Take, Originals, Option B, and Power Moves. His books have been named among the year’s best by Amazon, Apple, the Financial Times, and the Wall Street Journal.

Adam is the host of WorkLife, a chart-topping TED original podcast. His TED talks on original thinkers and givers and takers have been viewed more than 25 million times. He received a standing ovation at TED in 2016 and was voted the audience’s favorite speaker at The Nantucket Project. His speaking and consulting clients include Google, the NBA, Bridgewater, and the Gates Foundation. He writes on work and psychology for the New York Times, has served on the Defense Innovation Board at the Pentagon, and has been honored as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He has more than 4 million followers on social media and features new insights in his free monthly newsletter, GRANTED.

Adam was profiled in The New York Times Magazine cover story, Is giving the secret to getting ahead? He was tenured at Wharton while still in his twenties, and has received the Excellence in Teaching Award for every class that he has taught. He is the founder and host of the Authors@Wharton speaker series, and co-director of Wharton People Analytics. He curates the Next Big Idea Club along with Susan Cain, Malcolm Gladwell, and Dan Pink, handpicking two new books each quarter for subscribers and donating 100% of profits to provide books for children in under-resourced communities. He and his wife Allison have published a children’s picture book on generosity, The Gift Inside the Box. Adam is also the cofounder of Givitas, a knowledge collaboration platform that makes it easy to give and receive help in 5 minutes a day, and an angel investor in startups in HR and culture, technology, and consumer products.

Adam earned his Ph.D. in organizational psychology from the University of Michigan, completing it in less than 3 years, and his B.A. from Harvard University, magna cum laude with highest honors and Phi Beta Kappa honors. He has received awards for distinguished scholarly achievement from the Academy of Management, the American Psychological Association, and the National Science Foundation, and been recognized as one of the world’s most-cited, most prolific, and most influential researchers in business and economics. His pioneering research has increased performance and reduced burnout among engineers, teachers, and salespeople, and motivated safety behaviors among doctors, nurses, and lifeguards. He is a former magician and Junior Olympic springboard diver.


"First-mover advantage is largely a myth," believes Grant. “You don't have to be first. You just have to be different and better." Drawing on his unique research, and direct experience working with dozens of well-known brands, he says people and companies that come along later – and make substantial improvements – are often the ones that fare the best.

Relevant to:
  • Corporations
  • The Technology Industry

“When we look at our role models, we tend to see them at the top of their game, when they’ve already made it,” says Grant. “We don’t get to see all of the stumbles that were part of the journey along the way.” The best way to learn is to run experiments, which don’t always pan out. “You need a lot of bad ideas in order to get a few good ones,” he explains.

Relevant to:
  • Associations
  • Senior Management Groups

Research shows that even if the rewards aren't immediately apparent, contributing to the success of others pays off in the long run. “Every time we interact with another person at work, we have a choice to make,” Grant says. “Do we try to claim as much value as we can, or contribute value without worrying about what we receive in return?” In giver cultures, helping others drives efficiencies and higher performance, he adds.

Relevant to:
  • Associations
  • Senior Management Groups

To shake up the status quo and overcome complacency, Grant says leaders should harness the creative power of their most frustrated employees. “Don’t discount the misfits,” he says. Listen to their frustrations and unleash them to attack the problems they see. Evidence shows they can be the best sources for out-of-the-box thinking.

Relevant to:
  • Corporations
  • The Professional Services Industry

Featured Videos

Adam Grant's Speech Topics

Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know

The past year has led us to rethink fundamental assumptions—where to work, how to manage remote culture and collaboration, whether to reimagine our strategy and our products or services. Yet too many leaders and employees are reacting to events instead of proactively looking for opportunities to think again. Organizational psychologist Adam Grant has spent the past decade studying this problem at organizations ranging from the NBA to Pixar to NASA, and he finds that the very skills that make us good at thinking and learning can make us worse at rethinking and unlearning. Building on his new book, Think Again—which has been called “brilliant” by Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahneman—Adam examines how we can update our own opinions, open other people’s minds, and build a learning organization in which people know what they don’t know and are eager to improve on the status quo. His eye-opening evidence and entertaining delivery will leave you determined to never again say “that’s the way we’ve always done it.”

Resilience at Work

In his viral New York Times article, Adam Grant wrote about how many of are languishing—muddling through a void of stagnation. During this session, he fields questions about what languishing is, what causes it, and how individuals and teams can move toward flourishing.

“Resilience is the strength and speed of our response to adversity,” says Grant. “It’s a skill set that we work on throughout our lives,” he contends. 

The Science of Returning to Work

As we move into a new normal, what does the evidence tell us about how to make hybrid and remote work… work? Building on his chart-topping TED podcast WorkLife, organizational psychologist Adam Grant shares the latest data on how we can boost productivity, creativity, collaboration, and culture while maintaining flexibility.

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. In his #1 New York Times bestselling book Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World, Grant set out to explore how to unleash original thinking.

“Originals are nonconformists, people who not only have new ideas, but take action to champion them,” says Grant. “They’re people who stand out and speak up. Originals drive creativity and change in the world.”

Many of Grant’s observations about how originals behave run counter to years of cultural canon in the business world. For example, he punctures the idea that failure is something to be feared or even avoided. “If you look across fields, the greatest originals are the ones who fail the most, because they are the ones who try the most,” Grant says.

In this talk, Grant reveals how to evaluate and pitch new ideas, how to create psychological safety, and and how friendly managers end up being the least supportive. He points out that businesses often listen to the person who is the most confident instead of the most competent. Grant also describes how the values that help organizations prosper early on are the same ones that thwart their growth later.

In an engaging and entertaining format, Grant helps audiences understand how to get better at recognizing and championing new ideas, and how to build cultures that welcome diverse perspectives and honest feedback.                 

Givers Take All: Creating a Culture of Productive Generosity

Culture is a key component 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.

“The greatest untapped source of motivation is a sense of service to others; focusing on the contribution of our work to other people’s lives has the potential to make us more productive than thinking about helping ourselves,” he maintains.

In his New York Times bestselling book, Give and Take, Grant examines the way interpersonal behavior in the workplace can lead to success, depending on whether you’re a “giver” (generous, helpful), a “taker” (a me-first, dog-eat-dog type), or a “matcher” (trades favors evenly, quid pro quo).

“Givers succeed in a way that creates a ripple effect, enhancing the success of people around them,” he writes. “Giver success creates value, instead of just claiming it.”

In this dynamic presentation, Grant outlines the key strategies for building a culture of productive generosity. He urges companies to reward givers and get rid of takers, by making their reputation known to them and challenging them to new behavior. He also shares how leaders and organizations can improve practices around selection and hiring, recognition and rewards, and collaboration and coordination – to boost revenue, efficiency, and satisfaction.                      

Business Consulting from Adam Grant: Corporate Culture and Competitive Advantage

Bringing in a business consultant can challenge you and your organization to think differently about your business. Whether you are a new leader seeking a renewed vision for your company or a seasoned C-Suite executive exploring new trends in the marketplace, they provide the deep, strategic insights and much-needed perspective to help you make confident and profitable decisions. 

Adam Grant, an organizational psychologist and Wharton’s top-rated professor, is a deeply original thinker, a popular TED speaker, and one of the most influential advisors to American business today. He will help you to identify top talent and, in turn, to motivate your employees. An expert at developing teams and aligning them to achieve success, he’ll guide your organization’s executive leadership team and its people to excel at networking, collaborating, managing, and negotiating. 

His advisory topics include:

  • Improving Corporate Culture
  • Leadership
  • Leading Organizational Change 
  • Recruiting Top Talent        

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