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How Originals Manage and Master Risk with Adam Grant – Episode 233 of The Action Catalyst Podcast

Adam Grant has been Wharton’s top-rated professor for six straight years. 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 author of three New York Times bestselling books that have sold over a million copies and been translated into 35 languages. Give and Take examines why helping others drives our success, and was named one of the best books of 2013 by Amazon, Apple, the Financial Times, and The Wall Street Journal—as well as one of Oprah’s riveting reads and Harvard Business Review’s ideas that shaped management. Originals, Explores how individuals champion new ideas and leaders fight groupthink; it was a #1 bestseller praised by J.J. Abrams, Richard Branson, and Malcolm Gladwell. Option B, with Sheryl Sandberg, is a #1 bestseller on facing adversity and building resilience.

Adam is the host of WorkLife, a TED original podcast. His TED talks on original thinkers and givers and takers have been viewed more than 11 million times in less than 2 years. 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 Facebook, Google, the NBA, the Gates Foundation, Merck, Goldman Sachs, Disney Pixar, the U.S. Army and Navy, and the World Economic Forum, where he has been honored as a Young Global Leader. He writes on work and psychology for the New York Times, has more than 2 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 [email protected] speaker series, and co-director of Wharton People Analytics. He has designed experiential learning activities in which students have raised over $325,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation while developing leadership, influence, networking and collaboration skills. He is a passionate feminist who serves on the Lean Inboard and the Defense Innovation Board at the Pentagon.

Adam earned his Ph.D. in organizational psychology from the University of Michigan, completing it in less than three years, and his B.A. from Harvard University, magna cum laude with highest honors and Phi Beta Kappa honors. He has earned awards for distinguished scholarly achievement from the Academy of Management, the American Psychological Association, and the National Science Foundation. His pioneering research has increased performance and reduced burnout among engineers, teachers, and salespeople, and motivated safety behaviors among doctors, nurses, and lifeguards. His studies have been highlighted in bestselling books such as Quiet by Susan Cain, Drive by Daniel Pink, and David and Goliath by Gladwell. He is a former magician and Junior Olympic springboard diver.

More on Adam Grant at Adamgrant.net or his podcast “WorkLife with Adam Grant”

Show Highlights:

The reality of Bill Gates is he’s not really interested in taking risks. @AdamMGrant

Anytime you think ‘there must be a better way’ it is a moment of creativity. @AdamMGrant

Most of us run into trouble because we don’t know how to get our ideas heard or taken seriously. @AdamMGrant

We are the wedges of our own ideas. @AdamMGrant

Often leaders and managers are gatekeepers and they tend to judge ideas too negatively. @AdamMGrant

A problem we often see with leaders and managers is they become prisoners of their own prototype. @AdamMGrant

The biggest kind of failure is the failure to not try. @AdamMGrant

You don’t have to be first to be an original, you just have to be different and better. @AdamMGrant

There is power in the partnership of peers. @Rory_Vaden

@Rory_Vaden share the 4 key phrases he took away from this interview with Adam Grant.

The Action Catalyst is a weekly podcast hosted by Rory Vaden of Southwestern Consulting every Wednesday. The show is regularly in the Top 25 of Business News Podcasts, has listeners from all around the world and shares “insights and inspiration to help you take action.” Each week Rory shares ideas on how to increase your self-discipline and make better use of your time to help you achieve your goals in life. He also interviews special expert guests and thought leaders. Subscribe on iTunes and please leave a rating and review.

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