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I discovered Adam Grant at a conference maybe 5 years ago. He was the keynote.
Right off the bat, he polled the audience. “What percentage of people would you guess steal from their employers? It could be something as small as a paper clip.”
He listed a few percentages. We raised our hands.
Then he said (and I’m paraphrasing), “I have no idea what the answer is but what I do know is we naturally assume that others are exactly like us — so watch out for the people who raised their hands at 95%.”
The room erupted in laughter, a mix of nervous and genuine. I was hooked. And I’ve been following him ever since.
Grant is an organizational psychologist and a professor at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He’s Wharton’s youngest tenured professor ever, and he’s been voted Wharton’s top-rated professor for seven straight years.
He publishes a monthly newsletter on “the most fascinating new ideas and evidence about work and psychology”. It’s called GRANTED.
If you’re interested in such things, I recommend it.
It’s just a list of links with some commentary, but I like seeing what he’s reading. Here were the links in last month’s newsletter:
- Getting People to Embrace Change
- Your Intuition is Wrong, Unless These 3 Conditions Are Met
- If Your Employees Aren’t Speaking Up, Blame Company Culture
- Everything Is for Sale Now. Even Us.
- Designing for Empathy
- Adam Grant is (Not) Superman
P.S. He’s also written a book called Give and Take that I loved.