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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.
 
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The gang returns for a pre-Christmas roundtable that brings listeners up to date on some personal matters and then looks at the Covid-19 resurgance, Joe Manchin's knife in the back to Biden's Build Back Better agenda, and a look at the hit HBO drama, Succession. Kevin also plugs his new novel, "Super Vows" – which can be purchased online at https:/…
 
When Esther Duflo took her first economics class, she hated it. In 2019, she won a Nobel Prize in economics. Esther talks with Adam about her groundbreaking experiments to fight poverty, busts myths about what motivates people, and reveals how to make meaningful progress toward solving daunting problems. Read the text transcript for this episode at…
 
PepsiCo's trailblazing former CEO drove record profits—but did so while investing in employee well-being, consumer health, and environmental sustainability. In their second conversation, she and Adam are on stage for a lively, entertaining dialogue about how to improve our work lives and our workplaces. They talk about striking a balance between fi…
 
The longtime PepsiCo CEO is one of the world’s most powerful women and Time’s 100 most influential people. In the first of two rich conversations, she explains why she wrote more than 400 letters about her direct reports… to their parents. Indra and Adam discuss what she’s learned about leadership, finding and being a mentor, championing ideas from…
 
At the age of 18, Allyson Felix took home the Olympic silver medal in the 200 meter dash. She was devastated. Where others saw “second-best in the world,” she only saw “not first.” That race lit a fire that would carry her on to become the most decorated track and field athlete in American history. Adam talks with her about achieving excellence, bo…
 
We're back soon with new episodes of Taken for Granted, but for now, here's a TED Talk Adam gave recently. Have you found yourself staying up late, joylessly bingeing TV shows and doomscrolling through the news, or simply navigating your day uninspired and aimless? Chances are you're languishing—a psychic malaise that has become all too common afte…
 
This episode takes a deep dive into the standup comedy world in a far-reaching interview with entertainment journalist Seth Simons. Topics include the boys club mentality that enables sexual misconduct; employment conditions for club comics; racism and cancel culture in the comedy universe; and the proliferation of so-called "conservative comedians…
 
In this episode, Kevin methodically deconstructs the true facts of Biden's Afghanistan pullout and shows the blatant lies in the right wing's unfairly critical narrative. Then he takes a dispassionate look at his adopted state of Texas in the wake of its new abortion ban law and what it portends for Roe v. Wade.…
 
People are finally paying attention to mental health at work, but some major myths are holding us back. Adam breaks down what we get wrong about mental health at work, what individuals and organizations can do to start getting it right, and why we all need compassion more than empathy. Thanks to our guests Demar Derozan, Sally Maitlis, Darlene Upto…
 
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. Adam breaks down the importance of psychological safety in preventing errors and promoting innovation and inclusion, and examines what it takes to build a culture of voice rather than silence. Thanks to gue…
 
This week, actor Kenan Heppe talks about his experience as an American living and working in China for the last four years. Other topics include Cuba, living under communism, new sports in the summer Olympics, the controversy over disqualifying sprinter Sha'Carri Richardson for smoking weed, and the Trump-Bill O'Reilly "History Tour."…
 
This podcast looks at Sir Richard Branson's quick but expensive voyage into space and the United States's long and expensive voyage in Afghanistan. Then we turn our attention to the tenuous situation in Haiti, ranked choice voting in the New York City mayoral race, Trump at C-PAC, and potential good things that came out of the Covid pandemic. Sorry…
 
In a world obsessed with efficiency, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s smash Broadway hits Hamilton and In the Heights began with idle curiosity. Adam interviews Lin together with his father, Luis, about finding harmony between creativity and productivity—and rhythm between work and life. They discuss what motivated Lin to take a big risk on the biggest stage o…
 
Do you pay attention to your attention? John Green is the beloved author of The Fault In Our Stars, and when he started tracking his attention, he realized he was obsessed with evaluating human progress. He decided to start rating everything—from the capacity for human wonder to Canadian geese—on a five-point scale. In this deeply thoughtful conver…
 
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