Adam Grant: The Surprising New Research On Procrastination, Perfectionism & Happiness!

The Diary Of A CEO with Steven Bartlett

Monday, 12 February 2024 - 1 hour 49 minutes

Work has to suck, you have to be selfish to get ahead, and you can’t become more original, these are just some of the myths that Adam Grant busts and replaces with an upgraded way to see the world.

Adam Grant is Professor of Management and Psychology at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He has been named one of the world’s 10 most influential management thinkers and one of Fortune’s 40 under 40. He is also a #1 New York Times bestselling author of 5 books, including ‘Think Again’, ’Give and Take’, and ‘Originals’.

In this conversation Adam and Steven discuss topics, such as why star players ruin teams, how to be original, why character beats genius, and the myths about entrepreneurs and risk.

00:00 Intro

02:00 Finding Happiness Meaning & Success

04:50 Redefining The Game & Changing The Rules About Success

07:20 Who Are More Successful, Givers Or Keepers?

10:25 Taking The Initiative: Great Ideas Need Execution

14:21 What Happens To Procrastinators?

21:37 Who Are The Originals Of Our Time?

22:22 What Are The Characteristics Of Originals

23:48 Why Child Geniuses Won't Become Adult Geniuses

25:09 Being A Perfectionist

27:12 The Importance Of Urgency

33:11 The Importance Of Leaning Into Difficulty

38:21 What Role Trauma Plays In Becoming Successful?

40:56 What Determines What Sibling Will Be More Successful?

48:25 What Makes A Risk Taker?

53:18 What Takes To Build A Great Team

57:38 What Happens To People When You Take Them Out Of Their Team Culture

01:01:33 How To Not Get Complacent If You're Successful

01:06:01 Disagreeing With Your Boss

01:10:09 What Science Says About Group Vs Individual Thinking

01:15:51 Unlocking Your Hidden Potential

01:26:27 Self Promotion Vs Idea Promotion

01:28:41 Think Like A Scientist

01:42:56 Last Guest Question

You can access The Athletic article, ‘Does Cristiano Ronaldo make teams better or worse?’, here:

You can purchase Adam’s book, ‘Hidden Potential: The Science of Achieving Greater Things’, here:

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