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We’re starting a new weekly series! We’ll be doing a weekly podcast review of Adam Grant’s podcast “WorkLife with Adam Grant” (available on Itunes OR on the TED website).

Who is Adam Grant?
Grant is a 36-year old up-and-coming organizational psychologist, currently a professor at the Wharton School of Business in Pennsylvania.

Why Adam Grant?

Because I really like him.

Ok… But also because I think you’d really like him, too. And I think his insights can help make your and our business better!

“Why should I trust this guy?”

He has written some very successful books, most notably “Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success”, “Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World” and “Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy” (co-authored with Sheryl Sandberg), all of which have been featured on the New York Times bestsellers lists.

I’ve personally read all of these books, and have really enjoyed them.

What is the podcast about?

The podcast description is: “We spend a quarter of our lives at work, but too little time thinking about how to make it better. Organizational psychologist Adam Grant takes us inside unconventional workplaces to explore ideas we can all use to make work more meaningful and creative.”

Basically, Grant’s mission is to “make work not suck” by helping “make jobs more meaningful, teams more creative and cultures more collaborative”. This podcast is about using what we know about psychology and applying it to the workplace.

WorkAxle’s mission is similar, sorta. Like Adam, we want to improve the workplace, and we want to do it by fixing the relationship between employers and their employees.

Why this podcast?

Understanding workplace psychology is super important in creating and maintaining a healthy and thriving workplace. Since we’re all humans working for humans doing things that humans do, it makes sense to study humans (i.e. ourselves)! How we interact, what makes us tick, how we work together, what are our basic needs and desires, etc.

You and I will spend an average of 1/3 of our lives working. Why not see if there is any way to make it better?

What to expect in our weekly posts:

Each post will include:

  • Key Takeaways
  • Questions to think about
  • Applications for business

I can’t wait to get this started!

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