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Episode 5: How to Stop Being Wrong with Adam Grant

podcast Jul 26, 2021

 

In this episode, Sharon is joined by organizational psychologist and top-rated Wharton professor Adam Grant. Adam is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of five books, most recently Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know. Sharon and Adam talk about human behavior, the differences between principles and policies, how to humanize those with whom you disagree, why you shouldn’t agree to disagree...and they do, of course, solve all the world’s problems.

 

Link to Full Episode:

This Episode Will Teach You:

  • The primary drivers of human behavior
  • How to widen the range of people you’re empathetic toward
  • The differences between principles and policies
  • How to take incremental steps toward progress on divisive topics
  • Why you shouldn’t agree to disagree

 

Biggest Takeaways:

  • America feels more divided than ever, and one of the main obstacles is civil thoughtful discourse. Through his research, Adam has discovered that when people are able to humanize those with whom they disagree, their ability to empathize greatly increases. They may not change their minds, but they can engage in a respectful conversation and listen to understand. 
  • When asked what listeners can do to help America be better, Adam’s immediate and emphatic answer is “don’t agree to disagree.” Agreeing to disagree is giving up and resigning yourself to closing your mind and allowing the other person to do the same. America needs people who will stop arguing to win and start asking questions to learn.

 

About the Guest:

Adam Grant is an organizational psychologist and TED speaker who helps people find meaning and motivation at work. He’s been Wharton’s top-rated professor for seven straight years and is a leading expert on how we can find motivation and meaning and live more generous and creative lives. He’s been recognized as one of the world’s ten most influential management thinkers, one of Fortune’s 40 under 40, and is the #1 NYT bestselling author of five books that have sold millions of copies.

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