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WorkLife with Adam Grant


You spend a quarter of your life at work. You should enjoy it! Organizational psychologist Adam Grant takes you inside the minds of some of the world’s most unusual professionals to discover the keys to a better work life. From learning how to love your rivals to harnessing the power of frustration, one thing’s for sure: You’ll never see your job the same way again. Produced in partnership with Transmitter Media.

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You spend a quarter of your life at work. You should enjoy it! Organizational psychologist Adam Grant takes you inside the minds of some of the world’s most unusual professionals to discover the keys to a better work life. From learning how to love your rivals to harnessing the power of frustration, one thing’s for sure: You’ll never see your job the same way again. Produced in partnership with Transmitter Media.

© TED: https://www.ted.com/about/our-organization/our-policies-terms/ted-com-terms-of-use#h2--copyright-issues-and-licenses
108hr 14min
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Thumbnail for "The 4 Deadly Sins of Work Culture".
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Thumbnail for " Annie Murphy Paul | The Next Big Idea".
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Are you afraid to share bad news, ask for help, or admit you were wrong? These are signs of being in a psychologically unsafe work environment.
Thumbnail for "Lin-Manuel Miranda Daydreams, and His Dad Gets Things Done".
In a world obsessed with efficiency, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s smash Broadway hits Hamilton and In the Heights began with idle curiosity.
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Do you pay attention to your attention?
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Criticism rarely comes wrapped in a shiny gift box, tied with a bow. As a trailblazing leader, one of Mellody Hobson’s gifts is finding the diamond in the rough.
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In 2020, we saw stress from our personal lives seep into our work lives at an uncontrollable magnitude.
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“I can’t do this.” “I didn’t deserve this promotion.” “When will they find me out?” If you’ve had thoughts like these, you aren’t alone. Nearly 70% of people have experienced imposter syndrome—even some of the most successful ones!
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Workers are now expecting more from their employers beyond a paycheck and benefits. Employees want an employer who lines up with their values outside of work and stands up in the name of justice.
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We’ve all been to bias training, but it rarely works—and sometimes backfires. Science suggests that to drive real change, it’s not enough to run one-off workshops.
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When employees are paid more, they give more.
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Comedian, actor, and Armchair Expert host Dax Shepard steps into the hot seat for a conversation with Adam on Clubhouse.
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Adam wrote a viral article for The New York Times on a feeling many of us are struggling with right now. It's somewhere between burnout and depression: languishing. This neglected middle child of mental health can dull your motivation and focus—and it may be the dominant emotion of 2021.
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Author and activist Glennon Doyle used to say “I am a Christian. I am straight. I am an addict.” Now she simply says “I am.”
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Over the last year, in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, many companies have paid lip service to anti-racism. But what does it actually take to change individuals — and the structures and cultures of organizations?
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Whether it's over a project, politics, or pizza toppings, conflict with colleagues is inevitable. The goal is not to eliminate it; it’s to handle it better. There’s a whole science of managing individual and team conflicts, and it suggests that we don’t have to agree to disagree.
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Everyone’s career will hit some turbulence at some point. The past year has left us all reacting to dramatic change. Instead of pushing harder against the headwinds, we’re sometimes better off tilting our rudder and charting a new course.
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In life and work, we have a hard time changing course. When we wind up in a miserable job, a failing project, or a floundering romantic relationship, we rationalize, make excuses, and stick with our bad decisions—even when the writing's on the wall. Why?
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Daniel Kahneman is a Nobel Prize winner who transformed our understanding of the biases that cloud our thinking. In this conversation, he and Adam explore when to trust our intuition and when to second-guess it.
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When Adam Grant and Malcolm Gladwell sit down to challenge each other, everything is fair game. Sit ringside for this collegial cage match in which two preeminent writers rethink each other's ideas in an insatiable quest to get closer to the truth.
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Have you ever felt your work colleagues sometimes act like animals? In this conversation, Jane and Adam take that idea literally, exploring what Jane's expertise on chimp behavior can teach us about how humans relate and organize.
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We usually wear our thickest armor at work, and Brené Brown has blazed the trail of teaching us why—and how to shed it.
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JJ Abrams joins as the interviewer for an exclusive first look at Adam's forthcoming book: “Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know.” Together, they illuminate strategies for maintaining humility, curiosity, and mental flexibility in a world that rewards confidence, conviction, and foolish consistency. Plus, JJ shares some of his favorite rethinking moments from writing “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” producing “Lost,” and directing an episode of “The Office.”
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Remote work was a trend that some companies and gig workers were trying out, even as others resisted.
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As we age, we often feel like the clock starts ticking on our careers
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Exclusive: In his first public interview since WeWork’s collapse, former Chief Growth Officer David Fano opens up about the company’s leadership and culture.
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Find out what the experts recommend, and meet a pair of leaders who have reimagined the interview process by ignoring credentials and refusing to look at resumes.
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Many workplaces have become increasingly lonely, even before the coronavirus pandemic made more of us literally remote.
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What does effective authenticity look like, and how can we learn to strike the right balance?
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Work relationships are complicated. Who holds the power and why?
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Most of us negotiate in one of two ways: either you roll right over the other party, or you just roll over.
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Burnout seems to be everywhere. But it’s not inevitable.
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You procrastinate because you're lazy, right? Wrong.
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For some sage advice, Adam sought out master advice-giver Cheryl Strayed, the author of Wild.
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Why some popular workplace fads might be bogus—and what to do instead.
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Excellence comes from doing what you do best—but you need to make sure you’re doing it at the right times.
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Learn how to face rejection—and even come out stronger because of it.
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Memory is a skill you can learn -- and a powerful strategy every workplace can harness.
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How do you deal with jerks at work? And is it possible to eliminate them altogether?
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Instead of taking the job that will make you happiest, look for the one where you’ll learn the most.
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Ditch your business cards. There are more effective, less awkward strategies for building your connections.
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What we can learn about friendly competition from Olympic skiers, elite marathoners, and...food truck vendors.
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Harness the power of frustrated people to shake up the status quo — just like Pixar did.
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The science of making work not suck
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Adam talks with Malcolm Gladwell about how to avoid doing highly undesirable tasks, what makes an idea interesting, and why Malcolm thinks we shouldn't root for the underdog.
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To find out how to stop sexual harassment at work, Adam talks with three powerful voices of the #MeToo movement.
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Technology is making it harder than ever to disconnect, but it might be easier than you think.
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Being your own boss can be liberating, but it can also be paralyzing.
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You manage your own emotions at work—and your coworkers’ and customers’ emotions too. How do you do that without burning out?
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A crew of astronauts from different countries share fresh insights about handling conflict and building trust.
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You might not know yourself as well as you think.
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The Butler Bulldogs have a habit of shocking college basketball fans by beating top teams with far more talent. How do they do it?
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Adam takes us behind the scenes in the writers’ room to show how creative collaboration really works.
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What if you could tell your co-workers what you really think of them?
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Reimagining technology – and talking to animals – with Aza Raskin

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May 14, 202442min 40sec

Years ago, Aza Raskin invented the infinite scroll – and yes, he regrets it. Today, Aza is the co-founder of the Center For Humane Technology and the Earth Species Project. Aza’s work focuses on creating and advocating for ethical technology that benefits collective well-being. For his latest project, he’s looking beyond humanity, using artificial intelligence to decode whale communication and see what lessons we might learn from the animal world. In this expansive conversation, Adam and Aza discuss ways to improve social media, how communicating with other species could change our world, and why everyone – including our governments – needs to upgrade our thinking about an AI world. Transcripts for ReThinking are available at go.ted.com/RWAGscripts