A Conversation With Adam Grant

Adam Grant is a professor at the Wharton School, andNew York Times bestselling author of Give and Take. His new book is called Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World (Viking, February 2016), and it’s about how we can champion our best ideas—and leaders can encourage others to think differently, speak up, and make a meaningful difference.

We hope you enjoy this illuminating talk on givers, takers, and originals, between Adam and ExecuNet CMO, Tony Vlahos.

  • (0:40) How being a “giver” can make your career
  • (1:40) Some concrete ways to be a giver at work
  • (2:37) Why “takers”have a tough time advancing their careers
  • (3:30) Do our motives really matter?
  • (4:35) Giving, taking … and mutual back-scratching
  • (6:12) What it means to be an “original”
  • (6:45) Sheep walkers … and speed-dating the boss
  • (8:40) How to originate something new without risking it all


William Flamme

William Flamme

William Flamme is ExecuNet's Associate Director of Content Marketing, where he develops engaging job search, career path, and leadership insight to build ExecuNet's brand recognition as the leader in senior-level executive job search and all matters career.

He delivers executive-level content across the various properties under the ExecuNet brand, amplifying the power of ExecuNet's expert voices and shaping the content strategy.

Prior to joining ExecuNet in 2008, Will earned a master's degree in education and taught fifth grade and sixth grade. As a teacher, he deepened his appreciation for the written word and mastered skills necessary for managing writers who sometimes view deadlines as homework. It is his training as an educator which allows Will to take complex ideas and make them simple for busy executives to understand and to execute.

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