Adam Grant is passionate about helping people live more generous and creative lives. Growing up in Michigan, he enjoyed hurling himself into somersaults and twists as a junior Olympic springboard diver. Today as an organizational psychologist, he studies motivation, values and meaningful work.
For five straight years, Adam has been recognized as Wharton’s top-rated professor. He is the author of two New York Times best-selling books translated into 35 languages. In 2013, he published Give and Take, on why helping others drives our success. It was named one of the best books of 2013 by Amazon, the Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal—as well as one of Oprah‘s riveting reads and Harvard Business Review’s ideas that shaped management.
That year, Adam was profiled in The New York Times Magazine cover story, “Is giving the secret to getting ahead?” which noted: “Grant took three years to get his Ph.D., and in the seven years since, he has published more papers in his field’s top-tier journals than colleagues who have won lifetime-achievement awards… Helpfulness is Grant’s credo. He is the colleague who is always nominating another for an award or taking the time to offer a thoughtful critique or writing a lengthy letter of recommendation for a student.”
In 2016, Adam published Originals, a #1 national best-seller on how we can all champion our best ideas. J.J. Abrams described it as “an extraordinary, wildly entertaining book.” Adam’s TED talk on the surprising habits of original thinkers received a standing ovation and racked up its first million views in five days.
Adam has been recognized as one of the world’s 25 most influential management thinkers, the 100 most creative people in business, the 40 best business professors under 40 and the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders. Malcolm Gladwell calls him “one of my favorite thinkers;” Sheryl Sandberg refers to him as “one of the most important influences in my life.” Adam is a devoted feminist who serves on the Lean In board and writes on women and work with Sheryl, including “Speaking while female” and “Madam CEO, get me a coffee.”
Adam is a contributing writer on work and psychology for The New York Times, where his op-eds on raising moral and creative children have each been shared over 300,000 times on social media. He has worked with Teach For America on preventing teacher burnout and Google on enriching jobs. He was tenured at Wharton while still in his twenties and has received the Excellence in Teaching Award for every class that he has taught.
Adam received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and his B.A. from Harvard University. His studies have been highlighted in best-selling books such as Quiet by Susan Cain, Drive by Dan Pink, Thrive by Arianna Huffington and David and Goliath by Gladwell.
Adam is the proud father of two daughters and a son. He tried—and failed—to convince his wife to name them after Superman characters.