Sir Alan Parker poses three questions to Grant, the author of four New York Times bestselling books, the host of a chart-topping podcast called WorkLife and the organizational psychologist who for seven years has ranked as Wharton’s top-rated professor.
I first came across Adam Grant when I picked up Give and Take and realized this was one of those pivotal books that would bring together a great body of thinking and, at the same time, illuminate our lives in real and practical ways. The power of it was such that within two weeks I had received five copies from different Partners around the world. All of their messages carried a similar theme: Adam Grant had captured and brought to life so many of the principles we hold dear within Brunswick. He used the power of rigorous analysis and great storytelling to ground our long-held beliefs in real experience and analysis.
For those who have sought ways of growing business with a human heart so that performance drives us to be better people who can contribute more, Adam Grant seems to be more relevant than ever. The pandemic has set us huge challenges and will accelerate many of the trends and issues in the world that we have seen emerging over recent years, which is why the World Economic Forum recently turned to Grant to envision how COVID-19 might inspire change in the corporate world.
His thinking has given great grounding to shape thinking and practices that will only become more important if we are to truly build back better.