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Podcast with Prof. Adam Grant

Adam Grant on Are You An Effective Giver?

Today’s Guest:

Adam Grant  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 25 most influential management thinkers, is the author of three New York Times best-selling books, and his TED Talks have been viewed more than 8-million times.

In this conversation, you will hear Adam explain how our beliefs about our relationships at work shape the success we are able to achieve.  Adam walks us through his research on givers, takers and matchers and what organizations can do to cultivate giving cultures.  He also explains how to deal with takers, the value of disagreeable givers and the small practices you can try to be an effective giver.

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You’ll Learn:

  • [02:02] – Adam shares what advice he gives the organizations on how to lead and manage people better.
  • [03:23] – Adam talks about the importance of organization rewarding the right people through measuring others-focused behaviors and results.  
  • [05:51] – Adam shares his thoughts on dealing with “takers” in an organization and bringing out the positive qualities in these individuals.
  • [09:55] – Adam explains how to be a thoughtful giver within an organization.
  • [13:56] – Adam cites that doing 5-minute favors at work raises your job satisfaction. He goes on to explain that the receivers of those favors pay back at 278%.
  • [16:00] – Adam shares his thoughts on why self-compassion is important to help set boundaries and say “no” so we can be more effective givers.  
  • [17:46] – Adam explains how his opinions have changed on the topic of needing takers in an organization.
  • [20:56] – Adam recently found that the most important driver of engagement at work was pride in the company.
  • [23:31] – The Lightning Round with Adam Grant.

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