The Nuance of No – Adam Grant, Ph.D. #577

Learn, from Adam Grant, why burnout is thriving and people aren’t, and why burnout matters from a gender perspective.

This episode of Bulletproof Radio features organizational psychologist Adam Grant, who brings a dynamic acumen to all of his work. He has been recognized as one of the world’s 10 most influential management thinkers and named to Fortune’s 40 under 40 list.

In today’s show, you’ll learn why burnout is thriving and people aren’t, and why burnout matters from a gender perspective. You’ll find out how doing more five-minute favors allows the 30,000-foot view of life to come into view and how nailing “no” frees you up while still allowing you to help others.

Our conversation about job design covers a lot of interesting ground, from earning “idiosyncrasy credits” to pitching your ideal role, to companies with no bosses. Adam poses the questions: “If you’re an individual with creative ideas, how do you champion them effectively? And then, if you’re a leader, how do you build a culture that welcomes original ideas, and then, makes them a reality?”

Adam’s a researcher, a top-rated professor at The Wharton School, a New York Times columnist, a TEDtalk favorite, and the author of three New York Times bestselling books. He’s also considered to be a leading expert on how we can find motivation and meaning in our work and live more generous and creative lives.

If you want to learn how to design work that works for your life, this episode is filled with practical value from beginning to end.

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The Nuance of No – Adam Grant, Ph.D. #577


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Twitter: @adammgrant

Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World
Give and Take-Why Helping Others Drives Our Success
Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience and Finding Joy (co-authored with Sheryl Sandberg)
On Intelligence: How a New Understanding of the Brain Will Lead to the Creation of Truly Intelligent Machines by Jeff Hawkins
Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport
Sleeping with Your Smartphone: How to Break the 24/7 Habit and Change the Way You Work by Leslie Perlow
Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well by Douglas Stone and Sheila Heen

Key Notes

  • One of the easiest way to burn out 00:06:15
  • Micro loans of your time 00:10:05
  • We give better advice to others than we take for ourselves 00:11:40
  • It’s better to give a swift no than it is to disappoint 00:16:35
  • Intuition is mostly pattern recognition 00:31:00
  • “I believe that power does not corrupt” 00:52:10
  • Do I want to prove myself or improve myself? 00:59:30
  • Big Ideas:
  • What does it mean to “lean in?” 00:07:20
  • What happens when you stand out in your job 00:21:30
  • Cognitive entrenchment 00:32:30
  • The balance between too much and too little originality 00:34:20
  • Bring obsessed with the cult of hustle 00:38:15

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