Adam M. Grant is an American psychologist and author who is currently a professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania specializing in organizational psychology. He received academic tenure aged 28, making him the youngest tenured professor at the Wharton School.
64 books on the list
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An anthology of essays on vulnerability and shame resilience by Black writers, organized by Tarana Burke and Dr. Brené Brown. Contributions from Kiese Laymon, Imani Perry, Laverne Cox, Jason Reynolds, Austin Channing Brown, and others delve into the Black experience with vulnerability and healing, providing a space to process trauma and affirm the fullness of Black love and life.
The founder of the #MeToo movement and the renowned vulnerability researcher have assembled a powerhouse group of Black leaders and thought leaders to explore the dynamics of resilience in the face of shame. This anthology is a moving window into the barriers to vulnerability that Black women and men face—and a stirring call for us all to build structures and cultures that promote physical and psychological safety. – source
Discover the riveting true story behind the moral challenges that faced military strategists during World War II. In The Bomber Mafia, you'll explore how the collision of technology and best intentions changed the face of war. Malcolm Gladwell weaves together the tales of a Dutch genius and his homemade computer, a British psychopath, a pyromaniacal team of chemists at Harvard, and a fierce group of brothers from central Alabama. This book explores the countless lives that were impacted by the differing strategies of Curtis LeMay and Haywood Hansell. Painstakingly researched and expertly brought to life, this book is a must-read for anyone interested in the unique challenges and struggles that come with war.
On Revisionist History last season, he turned much of what I thought I knew about the end of World War II upside-down. In his first history book, he goes deep into one of the most riveting stories he’d ever told and challenges to reconsider some of our deepest convictions about technology, innovation, and the morality of making sacrifices for the greater good. – source
"Subtract" by Leidy Klotz reveals how humans underestimate the power of subtraction in problem-solving, opting to add rather than remove obstacles to achieving their goals. Drawing from extensive research, Klotz provides real-life examples and proven techniques on how to understand and implement subtraction in every aspect of your life, revolutionizing your approach to problem-solving for ultimate success. This thought-provoking book shows how taking away can unlock our greatest potential.
Combining his training in architectural engineering and behavioral science, a University of Virginia scholar pinpoints a gaping hole in our mental math: we’re constantly adding tasks, commitments, and possessions to our lives while neglecting to subtract any. If the defining word of your life is ‘more,’ this book is for you. – source
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Gain a new perspective and make better decisions with Julia Galef's The Scout Mindset. Humans tend to defend their beliefs, even if they're wrong. But by adopting a scout mindset, we can learn to survey the terrain and seek the truth. Galef shows us that scouts aren't necessarily smarter or more knowledgeable, but have developed emotional skills and habits that anyone can learn. Using examples from survival stories to CIA operatives, The Scout Mindset explains how to overcome biases and see the world as it truly is.
We know a lot about how flawed human reasoning is, but surprisingly little about how to repair it in our daily lives. Thankfully, an expert on applied rationality is here to change that. With insights that are both sharp and actionable, this book will teach you to think more clearly, see yourself more accurately, and be wrong a little less often. – source
Discover the meaning of true adulthood with Julie Lythcott-Haims' guide to navigating life's transitions. From leaving home to choosing a career, this New York Times bestselling author challenges the traditional markers of adulthood and offers practical strategies for finding your own path. Through heartfelt personal experiences and interviews with a diverse range of individuals, Lythcott-Haims shows that being an adult is not about tick-boxes, but a journey of personal growth and discovery. Join her in taking your turn towards a fulfilling life.
As the dean of freshmen at Stanford, she rescued students from helicopter parents who were constantly hovering and snowplow parents who prepared the path for their kids instead of preparing their kids for the path. Now, one of America’s wisest thought leaders has given us another gift: she normalizes the struggles of being in our twenties (and thirties… and forties) and offers sage advice for navigating uncertainty, stress, and responsibility. – source
"High Conflict" explores the invisible force that drives us apart in politics, relationships, and daily life. Through captivating stories of people caught in high conflict situations, award-winning journalist Amanda Ripley reveals how we can escape the binary thinking that fuels this damaging phenomenon. From a renowned conflict expert in California to a former gang leader in Chicago, these individuals found ways to transform high conflict into something good. With insights that will transform how we view conflict, "High Conflict" is a must-read for anyone seeking to build stronger connections and break through polarization.
A few years ago, I read an article that fundamentally changed the way I think, write, and talk about contentious issues. The star journalist who wrote it has delivered a book that’s even more illuminating. Amanda takes us around the world to understand how people learn to stop demonizing the other side and start agreeing to disagree productively. I think it should be required reading for everyone in politics and the media—and for anyone who’s had a squabble with a colleague or a blowup at a family gathering – source
Also recommended byJim Knight
A hilarious guide for visual learners on how to navigate the pains of being a grown-up. Inspired by an Instagram account, this book is filled with over 100 charts, graphs, and diagrams covering everything from work and family to dating and breakups. With 50% new material, this smart and efficient collection is sure to make being a grown-up a little more manageable - and a lot more fun.
This is a brilliant, hilarious portrait of the realities of being an adult. IMHO, Matt makes the cleverest charts on Instagram, and his book might be my favorite thing to emerge from the dumpster fire of 2020 that doesn’t rhyme with ‘Maxine’. – source
This book provides essential guidance for remote workers and managers on how to maintain trust, connection, and productivity in a digital environment. As Covid-19 forces companies to transition to remote work, this book offers evidence-based answers to pressing issues like maintaining work/life balance and building trust without in-person interactions. With actionable steps and interactive tools, Remote Work Revolution helps teams and individuals thrive in the new era of virtual work.
Long before the pandemic forced entire industries to go remote, this Harvard Business School professor was studying how to make remote work work. This is the guide you’ve been waiting for on how to lead, collaborate, stay productive, maintain well-being, and juggle work and life from home. – source
Also recommended byBob Sutton
"Just Work" by Kim Scott tackles workplace injustice and inequality head-on. The book offers a practical framework for leaders and employees alike to recognize and eliminate biases and exclusions in the workplace. Scott argues that promoting inclusivity and collaboration is not only the ethical thing to do but also essential for the success of any organization. This book provides invaluable insights and guidance for creating more equitable and respectful workplaces.
Too many workplaces undervalue talented women and people of color while promoting mediocre white men. As a tech exec, entrepreneur, and CEO coach, Kim has zero tolerance for injustice. Her book tackles serious issues with clarity and humor to highlight smart steps that we can all take to combat discrimination and promote fairness. – source
Uncover the hidden set of rules that governs ownership in Mine!, as two acclaimed law professors explain the simple stories that everyone uses to claim everything. From airplane seats to digital privacy and wealth inequality, discover how ownership is always up for grabs and how you can pick a different story. Eye-opening, mind-bending, and sometimes infuriating, this lively and entertaining guide reveals the rules of ownership that secretly control our lives.
Many of our toughest disputes are over ownership—nations go to war over land, businesses and governments clash over digital privacy, and people fight over parking spaces. Two law professors have written a fascinating book about why we claim things as ours and whether you have the right to recline your airplane seat. – source
Useful Delusions by Shankar Vedantam
Conflicted by Ian Leslie
Social Chemistry by Marissa King
Eat a Peach by David Chang
Life Is in the Transitions by Bruce Feiler
Perfectly Confident by Don A Moore
Together by Vivek H Murthy
Think Like a Rocket Scientist by Ozan Varol
Joy at Work by Marie Kondo
Weird by Olga Khazan
More Myself by Alicia Keys
What's Your Problem? by Thomas Wedell-Wedellsborg
Do Nothing by Celeste Headlee
Powershift by Daymond John
Upstream by Dan Heath
Clearer, Closer, Better by Emily Balcetis
Friendship by Lydia Denworth
All You Have to Do Is Ask by Wayne Baker
Tightrope by Nicholas D. Kristof
The 4 Day Week by Andrew Barnes
You're Not Listening by Kate Murphy
Alive at Work by Daniel M. Cable
Creative Quest by Questlove
Us vs. Them by Ian Bremmer
Unsafe Thinking by Jonah Sachs
The Opposite of Hate by Sally Kohn
Meltdown by Chris Clearfield, András Tilcsik
In Defense of Troublemakers by Charlan Jeanne Nemeth
Just the Funny Parts by Nell Scovell
Dying for a Paycheck by Jeffrey Pfeffer
Powerful by Patty McCord
Truth by Hector MacDonald
A Second Chance by Catherine Hoke
Cringeworthy by Melissa Dahl
Endure by Alex Hutchinson
Big Potential by Shawn Achor
That's What She Said by Joanne Lipman
Great at Work by Morten T. Hansen
Rise and Grind by Daymond John
When by Daniel H. Pink
The Culture Code by Dc
Option B by Sheryl Sandberg
The New Urban Crisis by Richard Florida
Extreme You by Sarah Robb O'Hagan
Irresistible by Adam Alter
Drop the Ball by Tiffany Dufu
Stretch by Scott Sonenshein
Hit Makers by Derek Thompson
Own It by Sallie Krawcheck
There Is No Good Card for This by Kelsey Crowe
The Power of Meaning by Emily Esfahani Smith
Quiet by Susan Cain
The CEO next door by Tahl Raz Kim Powell Elena Botelho