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Wikipedia Summary for Adam Grant

Adam M. Grant (born August 13, 1981) is an American psychologist and author who is currently a professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania specializing in organizational psychology. He received academic tenure aged 28, making him the youngest tenured professor at the Wharton School.

Quote: The seeds of greatness are planted in the daily grind. by author Adam Grant overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Grant with quote

The seeds of greatness are planted in the daily grind.


Quote: As kids become more depressed and anxious, limiting screen time is not enough. Kids need less homework and fewer tests, longer recesses and lunches, more socioemotional learning, more unstructured, unscheduled time to play. by author Adam Grant overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Grant with quote

As kids become more depressed and anxious, limiting screen time is not enough. Kids need less homework and fewer tests, longer recesses and lunches, more socioemotional learning, more unstructured, unscheduled time to play.


Quote: Depression is a medical condition. We need to create a world where people are as comfortable seeking care for their minds as they are for their bodies. by author Adam Grant overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Grant with quote

Depression is a medical condition. We need to create a world where people are as comfortable seeking care for their minds as they are for their bodies.


Quote: Recognize that dissenting opinions are useful even when they're wrong, and go out of your way to reward them. by author Adam Grant overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Grant with quote

Recognize that dissenting opinions are useful even when they're wrong, and go out of your way to reward them.


Quote: We have many identities, and we can't be authentic to them all. The best we can do is be sincere in our efforts to earn the values we claim. by author Adam Grant overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Grant with quote

We have many identities, and we can't be authentic to them all. The best we can do is be sincere in our efforts to earn the values we claim.


Quote: Geniuses don't have better ideas than the rest of us. They just have more of them. by author Adam Grant overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Grant with quote

Geniuses don't have better ideas than the rest of us. They just have more of them.


Quote: Negative feedback can make people feel inferior. by author Adam Grant overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Grant with quote

Negative feedback can make people feel inferior.


Quote: When people are depending on us, we end up finding strength we didn't know we had. by author Adam Grant overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Grant with quote

When people are depending on us, we end up finding strength we didn't know we had.


Quote: To generate creative ideas, it's important to start from an unusual place. But to explain those ideas, they have to be connected to something familiar. by author Adam Grant overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Grant with quote

To generate creative ideas, it's important to start from an unusual place. But to explain those ideas, they have to be connected to something familiar.


Quote: Conformity is dangerous. by author Adam Grant overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Grant with quote

Conformity is dangerous.


Quote: If I had the day off and knew everyone else was voting, I wouldn't miss it. It would become a routine part of my responsibility as a citizen -- like paying taxes, only less soul crushing. by author Adam Grant overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Grant with quote

If I had the day off and knew everyone else was voting, I wouldn't miss it. It would become a routine part of my responsibility as a citizen -- like paying taxes, only less soul crushing.


Quote: To grow, people need to be challenged. by author Adam Grant overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Grant with quote

To grow, people need to be challenged.


Quote: As more women 'lean in' and we collectively continue to fight sexism, there's another barrier to progress that hasn't been addressed: Many men who would like to see more women leaders are afraid to speak up about it. by author Adam Grant overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Grant with quote

As more women 'lean in' and we collectively continue to fight sexism, there's another barrier to progress that hasn't been addressed: Many men who would like to see more women leaders are afraid to speak up about it.


Quote: Authenticity is a virtue. But just as you can have too little authenticity, you can also have too much. by author Adam Grant overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Grant with quote

Authenticity is a virtue. But just as you can have too little authenticity, you can also have too much.


Quote: Some people are selfish in all of their relationships. Those people are called sociopaths. by author Adam Grant overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Grant with quote

Some people are selfish in all of their relationships. Those people are called sociopaths.


Quote: Enemies make better allies than frenemies. by author Adam Grant overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Grant with quote

Enemies make better allies than frenemies.


Quote: In the conversation about women in leadership, male voices are noticeably absent. by author Adam Grant overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Grant with quote

In the conversation about women in leadership, male voices are noticeably absent.


Quote: By admitting your inadequacies, you show that you're self-aware enough to know your areas for improvement -- and secure enough to be open about them. by author Adam Grant overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Grant with quote

By admitting your inadequacies, you show that you're self-aware enough to know your areas for improvement -- and secure enough to be open about them.


Quote: When medical students focus on helping others, they're able to weather the slings and arrows of long hours and devastating health outcomes: they know their colleagues and patients are depending on them. by author Adam Grant overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Grant with quote

When medical students focus on helping others, they're able to weather the slings and arrows of long hours and devastating health outcomes: they know their colleagues and patients are depending on them.


Quote: When young women get called bossy, it's often because they're trying to exercise power without status. It's not a problem that they're being dominant; the backlash arises because they're overstepping their status. by author Adam Grant overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Grant with quote

When young women get called bossy, it's often because they're trying to exercise power without status. It's not a problem that they're being dominant; the backlash arises because they're overstepping their status.


Quote: Power frees us from the chains of conformity. by author Adam Grant overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Grant with quote

Power frees us from the chains of conformity.


Quote: By looking on the bright side, we'll activate enthusiasm and turn on the go system. by author Adam Grant overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Grant with quote

By looking on the bright side, we'll activate enthusiasm and turn on the go system.


Quote: As a man, it is true that I will never know what it is like to be a woman. As an organizational psychologist, though, I feel a responsibility to bring evidence to bear on dynamics of work life that affect all of us, not only half of us. by author Adam Grant overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Grant with quote

As a man, it is true that I will never know what it is like to be a woman. As an organizational psychologist, though, I feel a responsibility to bring evidence to bear on dynamics of work life that affect all of us, not only half of us.


Quote: Original thinkers doubt the default. by author Adam Grant overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Grant with quote

Original thinkers doubt the default.


Quote: Originals are nonconformists, people who not only have new ideas but take action to champion them. They are people who stand out and speak up. Originals drive creativity and change in the world. They're the people you want to bet on. by author Adam Grant overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Grant with quote

Originals are nonconformists, people who not only have new ideas but take action to champion them. They are people who stand out and speak up. Originals drive creativity and change in the world. They're the people you want to bet on.


Quote: Leaders who master emotions can rob us of our capacities to reason. If their values are out of step with our own, the results can be devastating. by author Adam Grant overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Grant with quote

Leaders who master emotions can rob us of our capacities to reason. If their values are out of step with our own, the results can be devastating.


Quote: If we want people to vote, we need to make it a larger part of their self-image. by author Adam Grant overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Grant with quote

If we want people to vote, we need to make it a larger part of their self-image.


Quote: Perhaps gaining power doesn't cause people to act like takers. It simply creates the opportunity for people who think like takers to express themselves. by author Adam Grant overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Grant with quote

Perhaps gaining power doesn't cause people to act like takers. It simply creates the opportunity for people who think like takers to express themselves.


Quote: Procrastinating is a vice when it comes to productivity, but it can be a virtue for creativity. by author Adam Grant overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Grant with quote

Procrastinating is a vice when it comes to productivity, but it can be a virtue for creativity.


Quote: For women to achieve equal representation in leadership roles, it's important that they have the backing of men as well as women. by author Adam Grant overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Grant with quote

For women to achieve equal representation in leadership roles, it's important that they have the backing of men as well as women.


Quote: A resilient culture has a certain amount of resistance embedded in it. Not so much to capsize it, but enough so that it doesn't atrophy. by author Adam Grant overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Grant with quote

A resilient culture has a certain amount of resistance embedded in it. Not so much to capsize it, but enough so that it doesn't atrophy.


Quote: Some of the greatest moments in human history were fueled by emotional intelligence. by author Adam Grant overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Grant with quote

Some of the greatest moments in human history were fueled by emotional intelligence.


Quote: Instead of assuming that emotional intelligence is always useful, we need to think more carefully about where and when it matters. by author Adam Grant overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Grant with quote

Instead of assuming that emotional intelligence is always useful, we need to think more carefully about where and when it matters.


Quote: From a motivation perspective, helping others enriches the meaning and purpose of our own lives, showing us that our contributions matter and energizing us to work harder, longer, and smarter. by author Adam Grant overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Grant with quote

From a motivation perspective, helping others enriches the meaning and purpose of our own lives, showing us that our contributions matter and energizing us to work harder, longer, and smarter.


Quote: Having a sense of security in one realm gives us the freedom to be original in another.
By covering our bases financially, we escape the pressure to publish half-baked books, sell shoddy art, or launch untested businesses. by author Adam Grant overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Grant with quote

Having a sense of security in one realm gives us the freedom to be original in another.
By covering our bases financially, we escape the pressure to publish half-baked books, sell shoddy art, or launch untested businesses.


Quote: The great thing about a culture of givers is that's not a delusion -- it's reality. by author Adam Grant overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Grant with quote

The great thing about a culture of givers is that's not a delusion -- it's reality.


Quote: From a relationship perspective, givers build deeper and broader connections. by author Adam Grant overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Grant with quote

From a relationship perspective, givers build deeper and broader connections.


Quote: When takers talk about mistakes, they're usually quick to place the blame on other people. Givers are more likely to say 'Here's the mistake I made; I learned the following from it. Here are the steps I'm taking to make sure I don't let people down in the future.' by author Adam Grant overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Grant with quote

When takers talk about mistakes, they're usually quick to place the blame on other people. Givers are more likely to say 'Here's the mistake I made; I learned the following from it. Here are the steps I'm taking to make sure I don't let people down in the future.'


Quote: When you're dealing with an ambivalent relationship, you're constantly on guard, grappling with questions of trust. by author Adam Grant overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Grant with quote

When you're dealing with an ambivalent relationship, you're constantly on guard, grappling with questions of trust.


Quote: I have two rules for a great book: make me think and make me smile. by author Adam Grant overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Grant with quote

I have two rules for a great book: make me think and make me smile.


Quote: People tend to have one of three 'styles' of interaction. There are takers, who are always trying to serve themselves; matchers, who are always trying to get equal benefit for themselves and others; and givers, who are always trying to help people. by author Adam Grant overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Grant with quote

People tend to have one of three 'styles' of interaction. There are takers, who are always trying to serve themselves; matchers, who are always trying to get equal benefit for themselves and others; and givers, who are always trying to help people.


Quote: The more I help out, the more successful I become. But I measure success in what it has done for the people around me. That is the real accolade. by author Adam Grant overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Grant with quote

The more I help out, the more successful I become. But I measure success in what it has done for the people around me. That is the real accolade.


Quote: Procrastinate strategically... Procrastination may be the enemy of productivity but it can be a valuable resource for creativity. by author Adam Grant overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Grant with quote

Procrastinate strategically... Procrastination may be the enemy of productivity but it can be a valuable resource for creativity.


Quote: The mark of higher education isn't the knowledge you accumulate in your head. It's the skills you gain about how to learn. by author Adam Grant overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Grant with quote

The mark of higher education isn't the knowledge you accumulate in your head. It's the skills you gain about how to learn.




Quote: To make sense of bossiness, we need to tease apart two fundamental aspects of social hierarchy that are often lumped together: power and status. Power lies in holding a formal position of authority or controlling important resources. Status involves being respected or admired. by author Adam Grant overlaid on photo of Adam Grant quote; white text on black background

To make sense of bossiness, we need to tease apart two fundamental aspects of social hierarchy that are often lumped together: power and status. Power lies in holding a formal position of authority or controlling important resources. Status involves being respected or admired.


Quote: If we want a better original idea, we must generate our own before we screen others' suggestions. by author Adam Grant overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Grant with quote

If we want a better original idea, we must generate our own before we screen others' suggestions.




Quote: If you want your children to bring original ideas into the world, you need to let them pursue their passions, not yours. by author Adam Grant overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Grant with quote

If you want your children to bring original ideas into the world, you need to let them pursue their passions, not yours.


Quote: Kids who evolve into creative adults tend to have a strong moral compass. by author Adam Grant overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Grant with quote

Kids who evolve into creative adults tend to have a strong moral compass.


Quote: Authenticity means erasing the gap between what you firmly believe inside and what you reveal to the outside world. by author Adam Grant overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Grant with quote

Authenticity means erasing the gap between what you firmly believe inside and what you reveal to the outside world.


Quote: When you procrastinate, you're more likely to let your mind wander. That gives you a better chance of stumbling onto the unusual and spotting unexpected patterns. by author Adam Grant overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Grant with quote

When you procrastinate, you're more likely to let your mind wander. That gives you a better chance of stumbling onto the unusual and spotting unexpected patterns.


Quote: I start a lot of things and purposely leave them unfinished. When I have a bunch of really long emails, and I need time to think about the response, I'll actually start replying, leave them as drafts, and move onto something else mid-sentence. by author Adam Grant overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Grant with quote

I start a lot of things and purposely leave them unfinished. When I have a bunch of really long emails, and I need time to think about the response, I'll actually start replying, leave them as drafts, and move onto something else mid-sentence.


Quote: Being a giver is not about saying yes to all of the people all of the time to all of the requests. by author Adam Grant overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Grant with quote

Being a giver is not about saying yes to all of the people all of the time to all of the requests.


Quote: When writing 'Give and Take' and 'Originals,' the predominant emotion for me was curiosity. by author Adam Grant overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Grant with quote

When writing 'Give and Take' and 'Originals,' the predominant emotion for me was curiosity.


Quote: The most promising ideas begin from novelty and then add familiarity. by author Adam Grant overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Grant with quote

The most promising ideas begin from novelty and then add familiarity.




Quote: When you develop a reputation for being responsive and generous, an ever-expanding mountain of requests will come your way. by author Adam Grant overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Grant with quote

When you develop a reputation for being responsive and generous, an ever-expanding mountain of requests will come your way.


Quote: Teams need the opportunity to learn about each other's capabilities and develop productive routines. So once we get the right people on the bus, let's make sure they spend some time driving together. by author Adam Grant overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Grant with quote

Teams need the opportunity to learn about each other's capabilities and develop productive routines. So once we get the right people on the bus, let's make sure they spend some time driving together.


Quote: One of the signs of a bad coworker is a pattern of persistent undermining -- intentionally hindering a colleague's success, reputation, or relationships. by author Adam Grant overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Grant with quote

One of the signs of a bad coworker is a pattern of persistent undermining -- intentionally hindering a colleague's success, reputation, or relationships.


Quote: In the workplace, many people become helicopter managers, hovering over their employees in a well-intentioned but ill-fated attempt to provide support. These are givers gone awry -- people so desperate to help others that they develop a white knight complex and end up causing harm instead. by author Adam Grant overlaid on photo of Adam Grant quote: In the workplace, many people become helicopter managers, hovering over their employees in a well-intentioned but ill-fated attempt to provide support. These are givers gone awry -- people so desperate to help others that they develop a white knight complex and end up causing harm instead.- black text on quotes background

In the workplace, many people become helicopter managers, hovering over their employees in a well-intentioned but ill-fated attempt to provide support. These are givers gone awry -- people so desperate to help others that they develop a white knight complex and end up causing harm instead.


Quote: When you're good at controlling your own emotions, you can disguise your true feelings. When you know what others are feeling, you can tug at their heartstrings and motivate them to act against their own best interests. by author Adam Grant overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Grant with quote

When you're good at controlling your own emotions, you can disguise your true feelings. When you know what others are feeling, you can tug at their heartstrings and motivate them to act against their own best interests.


Quote: The more important argument against grade curves is that they create an atmosphere that's toxic by pitting students against one another. At best, it creates a hypercompetitive culture, and at worst, it sends students the message that the world is a zero-sum game: Your success means my failure. by author Adam Grant overlaid on photo of Adam Grant quote: The more important argument against grade curves is that they create an atmosphere that's toxic by pitting students against one another. At best, it creates a hypercompetitive culture, and at worst, it sends students the message that the world is a zero-sum game: Your success means my failure.- black text on quotes background

The more important argument against grade curves is that they create an atmosphere that's toxic by pitting students against one another. At best, it creates a hypercompetitive culture, and at worst, it sends students the message that the world is a zero-sum game: Your success means my failure.


Quote: If you want to be a generous giver, you have to watch out for selfish takers. by author Adam Grant overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Grant with quote

If you want to be a generous giver, you have to watch out for selfish takers.


Quote: Meditation isn't snake oil. For some people, meditation might be the most efficient way to reduce stress and cultivate mindfulness. But it isn't a panacea. If you don't meditate, there's no need to stress out about it. by author Adam Grant overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Grant with quote

Meditation isn't snake oil. For some people, meditation might be the most efficient way to reduce stress and cultivate mindfulness. But it isn't a panacea. If you don't meditate, there's no need to stress out about it.


Quote: Agreeable people are warm and friendly. They're nice; they're polite. You find a lot of them in Canada. by author Adam Grant overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Grant with quote

Agreeable people are warm and friendly. They're nice; they're polite. You find a lot of them in Canada.


Quote: I believe that the most meaningful way to succeed is to help other people succeed. by author Adam Grant overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Grant with quote

I believe that the most meaningful way to succeed is to help other people succeed.


Quote: The most meaningful way to succeed is to help others succeed. by author Adam Grant overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Grant with quote

The most meaningful way to succeed is to help others succeed.


Quote: Good leaders build products. Great leaders build cultures. Good leaders deliver results. Great leaders develop people. Good leaders have vision. Great leaders have values. Good leaders are role models at work. Great leaders are role models in life. by author Adam Grant overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Grant with quote

Good leaders build products. Great leaders build cultures. Good leaders deliver results. Great leaders develop people. Good leaders have vision. Great leaders have values. Good leaders are role models at work. Great leaders are role models in life.


Quote: Overconfidence is a product of ignorance. by author Adam Grant overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Grant with quote

Overconfidence is a product of ignorance.


Quote: We think confidence causes success, but it's more often a result of success -- mastering something hard or accomplishing something meaningful. by author Adam Grant overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Grant with quote

We think confidence causes success, but it's more often a result of success -- mastering something hard or accomplishing something meaningful.


Quote: No goal worth achieving is easy. The path to any kind of excellence is always paved with obstacles. Grit comes from learning to see the struggle as a challenge -- a test of resolve. Keep rising to the occasion, and eventually you wind up looking forward to it. by author Adam Grant overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Grant with quote

No goal worth achieving is easy. The path to any kind of excellence is always paved with obstacles. Grit comes from learning to see the struggle as a challenge -- a test of resolve. Keep rising to the occasion, and eventually you wind up looking forward to it.


Quote: It pays to be smart -- but it pays more to be determined, disciplined, dependable, and driven. by author Adam Grant overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Grant with quote

It pays to be smart -- but it pays more to be determined, disciplined, dependable, and driven.


Quote: The more respect you give to others, the more you earn. by author Adam Grant overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Grant with quote

The more respect you give to others, the more you earn.


Quote: Kids don't need to be punished. They need to be told why their behavior was wrong and how they can make it right. Kids don't just need to feel that they can count on others. They need to feel that others are relying on them too. by author Adam Grant overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Grant with quote

Kids don't need to be punished. They need to be told why their behavior was wrong and how they can make it right. Kids don't just need to feel that they can count on others. They need to feel that others are relying on them too.


Quote: Parents focus too much on grades and goals, and too little on generosity. Kids raised to be kind are more successful in school and work -- and happier too. At family dinner, don't just ask kids what they achieved. Ask who they helped and who helped them. by author Adam Grant overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Grant with quote

Parents focus too much on grades and goals, and too little on generosity. Kids raised to be kind are more successful in school and work -- and happier too. At family dinner, don't just ask kids what they achieved. Ask who they helped and who helped them.


Quote: Snowplow parents prepare the road for kids. Responsible parents prepare kids for the road. Resilience is built not by eliminating struggle, but by normalizing it. Teach kids to see obstacles as temporary hurdles. by author Adam Grant overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Grant with quote

Snowplow parents prepare the road for kids. Responsible parents prepare kids for the road. Resilience is built not by eliminating struggle, but by normalizing it. Teach kids to see obstacles as temporary hurdles.


Quote: We can't control what people say, but we do have a say in how we react. Refusing to give others power over our feelings is a mark of emotional intelligence. by author Adam Grant overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Grant with quote

We can't control what people say, but we do have a say in how we react. Refusing to give others power over our feelings is a mark of emotional intelligence.


Quote: Most of yesterday's news is forgotten. Most of today's news is irrelevant tomorrow. Read less of what's timely and more of what's timeless. by author Adam Grant overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Grant with quote

Most of yesterday's news is forgotten. Most of today's news is irrelevant tomorrow. Read less of what's timely and more of what's timeless.


Quote: When you're in the weeds, all you can see is the process of doing the work. When you take a step back, you can see the purpose. by author Adam Grant overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Grant with quote

When you're in the weeds, all you can see is the process of doing the work. When you take a step back, you can see the purpose.


Quote: Authenticity without empathy is selfish. Authenticity without boundaries is careless. by author Adam Grant overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Grant with quote

Authenticity without empathy is selfish. Authenticity without boundaries is careless.


Quote: Giving is about more than donating money. It's about sharing your capabilities, content, and connections--and above all, giving others the chance to be heard, respected, and valued. by author Adam Grant overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Grant with quote

Giving is about more than donating money. It's about sharing your capabilities, content, and connections--and above all, giving others the chance to be heard, respected, and valued.


Quote: Integrity is holding ourselves to the same high standards that we have for others. by author Adam Grant overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Grant with quote

Integrity is holding ourselves to the same high standards that we have for others.


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