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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.
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We’re constantly seeking advice about our work lives. Which job offer to take. When to quit. Whether to blow the whistle on a bad boss. But so much of the advice we get—and give—turns out to be bad. For some sage advice, Adam sought out master advice-giver Cheryl Strayed, the author of Wild.
Open office plans. Learning styles. 10,000 hours of practice. Freakonomics host Stephen Dubner joins Adam for a live conversation to reveal why some popular workplace fads might be bogus—and what to do instead. This episode is made possible with the support of Accenture, Bonobos, Hilton, and JPMorgan Chase & Co.
When Strength Becomes Weakness

When Strength Becomes Weakness

2019-04-2300:36:5241

Excellence comes from doing what you do best—but you need to make sure you’re doing it at the right times. This episode is made possible with the support of JPMorgan Chase & Co., Accenture, Bonobos, and Hilton. Find the transcript at: go.ted.com/worklifeweakness
Bouncing Back from Rejection

Bouncing Back from Rejection

2019-04-1600:44:3044

Learn how to face rejection—and even come out stronger because of it. This episode is made possible with the support of Hilton, Accenture, Bonobos, and JPMorgan Chase & Co. Find the transcript at: go.ted.com/workliferejection
How to Remember Anything

How to Remember Anything

2019-04-0900:33:3253

Memory is a skill you can learn -- and a powerful strategy every workplace can harness. This episode is made possible with the support of Accenture, Bonobos, Hilton, and JPMorgan Chase & Co. Find the transcript at: go.ted.com/worklifememory
The Office Without A**holes

The Office Without A**holes

2019-04-0200:41:1456

How do you deal with jerks at work? And is it possible to eliminate them altogether? This episode is made possible with the support of Bonobos, Accenture, Hilton, and JPMorgan Chase & Co. Find the transcript at: go.ted.com/worklifeaholes
“Do what you love” is often terrible advice. Instead of taking the job that will make you happiest, look for the one where you’ll learn the most. This episode is made possible with the support of JPMorgan Chase & Co., Accenture, Bonobos, and Hilton. Find the transcript at: go.ted.com/worklifepassion
Ditch your business cards. There are more effective, less awkward strategies for building your connections. This episode is made possible with the support of Bonobos, Accenture, Hilton, and JPMorgan Chase & Co. Find the transcript at: go.ted.com/worklifenetworking
What we can learn about friendly competition from Olympic skiers, elite marathoners, and...food truck vendors. This episode is made possible with the support of Accenture, Bonobos, Hilton, and JPMorgan Chase & Co. Find the transcript at: go.ted.com/workliferivals
The Creative Power of Misfits

The Creative Power of Misfits

2019-03-0500:40:30160

Harness the power of frustrated people to shake up the status quo — just like Pixar did. This episode is made possible with the support of Bonobos, Accenture, Hilton, and JPMorgan Chase & Co. Find the transcript at: go.ted.com/worklifemisfits
Teaser: WorkLife Season 2

Teaser: WorkLife Season 2

2019-02-2000:03:059

Work doesn't have to suck; science says so. Take a trip inside the minds of expert networkers and Olympic champions, an Oscar-winning director and an office-politics whisperer — who've all mastered ways to make work more creative and more fun.
In a special live taping at the 92nd Street Y in New York, Adam talks with Revisionist History's 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. This episode is brought to you by Accenture, Bonobos, JPMorgan Chase & Co., and Warby Parker. Find the transcript at: go.ted.com/worklifegladwell
To find out how to stop sexual harassment at work, Adam talks with three powerful voices of the #MeToo movement: its founder Tarana Burke, Pulitzer Prize-winner Ronan Farrow and silence breaker Ashley Judd. This episode is brought to you by Accenture, Bonobos, JPMorgan Chase & Co., and Warby Parker. Find the transcript at: go.ted.com/worklifemetoo
When Work Takes Over Your Life

When Work Takes Over Your Life

2018-04-1800:37:38104

Technology is making it harder than ever to disconnect, but it might be easier than you think. To learn about setting boundaries, Adam talks with entrepreneur Arianna Huffington, leaders who have taken bold steps to ban emails at odd hours in their workplaces, and an FBI hostage negotiator who has surprising advice on saying no. This episode is brought to you by JPMorgan Chase & Co., Accenture, Bonobos, and Warby Parker. Find the transcript at: go.ted.com/worklifetakeover
A World Without Bosses

A World Without Bosses

2018-04-1100:34:3758

Being your own boss can be liberating, but it can also be paralyzing. Adam talks with author Dan Pink about the challenges of working for ourselves and visits a tomato paste company, Morning Star, that has run successfully for decades without bosses. This episode is brought to you by Bonobos, Accenture, JPMorgan Chase & Co., and Warby Parker. Find the transcript at: go.ted.com/worklifebosses
Faking Your Emotions at Work

Faking Your Emotions at Work

2018-04-0400:33:48102

You manage your own emotions at work—and your coworkers’ and customers’ emotions too. How do you do that without burning out? To find out how to get into character, deliver a great performance, and avoid exhaustion, Adam talks with actor John Lithgow and takes you inside the call center at Zappos and the hospitality philosophy of an acclaimed restauranteur. This episode is brought to you by Accenture, Bonobos, JPMorgan Chase & Co., and Warby Parker. Find the transcript at: go.ted.com/worklifeemotions
Astronauts on the International Space Station live in capsules together for months. And yes, they can get on each other's nerves. A crew of astronauts from different countries -- and the wilderness trainer who was called in for an emergency intervention -- share fresh insights about handling conflict and building trust. This episode is brought to you by Accenture, Bonobos, JPMorgan Chase & Co., and Warby Parker. Find the transcript at: go.ted.com/worklifetrust
Your Hidden Personality

Your Hidden Personality

2018-03-2100:32:34137

Are you an introvert... or an extrovert? You might not know yourself as well as you think. Adam talks with “Quiet” author Susan Cain and visits a workplace where personality training starts even before job training, to help you discover what your traits really are – and how you can stretch beyond them. This episode is brought to you by Warby Parker, Accenture, Bonobos and JPMorgan Chase & Co. Find the transcript at: go.ted.com/worklifepersonality
The Problem with All-Stars

The Problem with All-Stars

2018-03-1400:33:1492

The Butler Bulldogs have a habit of shocking college basketball fans by beating top teams with far more talent. How do they do it? Adam Grant joins the team to talk about why stars are overrated, role players are underrated, and humility can go hand in hand with confidence. Also featuring “Moneyball” author Michael Lewis and Brad Stevens, coach of the Boston Celtics. This episode is brought to you by JPMorgan Chase & Co, Accenture, Bonobos and Warby Parker. Find the transcript at:  go.ted.com/worklifeallstars
Group brainstorming is usually where creativity goes to die. But at The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, they have it down to a science. Adam takes us behind the scenes in the writers’ room to show how creative collaboration really works, and reveals what inspires people to share their best – and worst – ideas. This episode is brought to you by Warby Parker, Accenture, Bonobos and JPMorgan Chase & Co. Find the transcript at:  go.ted.com/worklifedailyshow
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Amy Nelder

Just before minute 37 best part of this whole talk. I agree the rule should be how you treat others matters. You can have difficult conversations and tell the truth while still considering how you treat others.

Jan 16th
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Katherine K

Fun fun. This is great- Thanks, Adam!

Dec 9th
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Erica Stockton

I listened to this 3 times in row! wow wow wow!

Dec 7th
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Maissa Star

I'm a student and I always had troubles trusting people when we put into groups for projects and this really helped open my eyes on trusting those who are in my team, loved it

Oct 17th
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Jonathan Hoyt

great insights for sales and job hunting! thank you very much, Adam and team.

Sep 29th
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pj jim

really enjoy listening to your podcasts. They don't just apply to the work environment, it also applies to our everyday lifestyle

Aug 22nd
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Fatemeh Backtash

this episode was awesome!

Aug 18th
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Joe White

Ln and.,

Jul 2nd
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A DL

so how does one screen A**holes during the interview process? - prospective employee

Jun 27th
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Dilermando Sikora (diler)

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May 27th
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Jesus Gonzales

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May 20th
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Alixe Leclercq

tearing up when listening to a podcast on a subway is one thing...but when that happens during the commercial , that is next level 😅

May 20th
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Manish Y

really helpful, thank you

May 19th
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Adam Northenscold

Do you want to be great? or just have people think you're great?

May 10th
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Paresh Khushal

As I wait for more Adam Grant new episodes, am pilfering his back catalog of podcasts. This one with MG sparring against AG was just awesome...the thoughtful insight peppered with sharp humour. I was laughing away in my car. I wish I had seen the video as the facial expressions would augment it further.

May 1st
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Adedolapo Okelana

this was really helpful.. thank you. so much

Apr 29th
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Nicholas Cooper

Love it

Apr 24th
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Kimberly Kellermann

Excellent episode with two intriguing (and funny) thought leaders!

Apr 21st
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Justin Laurenti

JBL

Apr 21st
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Rahul Saluja

Brilliant conversation. Loved the banter.

Apr 20th
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