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Ann Arbor Spark

Positive Links Speaker Series – Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know with Adam Grant

Wednesday, November 03 2021 at 1:00pm - 1:50pm

The Positive Links Speaker Series, presented by Michigan Ross’ Center for Positive Organizations, offers inspiring and practical science-based strategies to build and bolster thriving organizations. Attendees learn from leading positive organizational scholars and connect with our community of academics, students, staff, and leaders.  

About the talk: 

Intelligence is usually seen as the ability to think and learn, but in a rapidly changing world, there’s another set of cognitive skills that might matter more: the ability to rethink and unlearn. In our daily lives, too many of us favor the comfort of conviction over the discomfort of doubt. We listen to opinions that make us feel good, instead of ideas that make us think hard. We see disagreement as a threat to our egos, rather than an opportunity to learn. We surround ourselves with people who agree with our conclusions, when we should be gravitating toward those who challenge our thought process. The result is that our beliefs get brittle long before our bones.  

Join us for a virtual fireside chat with Adam Grant, Wharton’s top-rated professor and the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Originals and Give and Take. He’ll share his bold ideas and rigorous evidence from his new book, Think Again, that reveals we don’t have to believe everything we think or internalize everything we feel. Learn how to let go of views that are no longer serving you well and prize mental flexibility, humility, and curiosity over foolish consistency. Questioning your opinions and opening other people’s minds can position you for excellence at work and wisdom in life.  

About Grant: 

Adam Grant has been Wharton’s top-rated professor for 7 straight years. As an organizational psychologist, he is a leading expert on how we can find motivation and meaning, and live more generous and creative lives. He has been recognized as one of the world’s 10 most influential management thinkers and Fortune’s 40 under 40.  

​He is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of 5 books that have sold millions of copies and been translated into 35 languages: Think AgainGive and TakeOriginalsOption B, and Power Moves. His books have been named among the year’s best by Amazon, Apple, the Financial Times, and the Wall Street Journal. His New York Times article on languishing is one of the most-shared articles of 2021.  

Adam hosts WorkLife, a chart-topping TED original podcast. His TED talks on original thinkers and givers and takers have been viewed more than 30 million times. He received a standing ovation at TED in 2016 and was voted the audience’s favorite speaker at The Nantucket Project. His speaking and consulting clients include Google, the NBA, Bridgewater, and the Gates Foundation. He writes on work and psychology for the New York Times, has served on the Defense Innovation Board at the Pentagon, and has been honored as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He has more than 5 million followers on social media and features new insights in his free monthly newsletter, GRANTED (sign up at the bottom of this page). 

Host: 

Julia Lee Cunningham, Center for Positive Organizations Faculty Co-Director; Associate Professor of Management and Organizations 

Series Sponsors: 

The Center for Positive Organizations thanks Sanger Leadership CenterTauber Institute for Global OperationsSamuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, and Diane (BA ‘73) and Paul (MBA ‘75) Jones for their support of the 2021-22 Positive Links Speaker Series. 

Series Promotional Partners: 

Additionally, we thank Ann Arbor SPARK and the Managerial and Organizational Cognition (MOC) Division of the Academy of Management for their Positive Links Speaker Series promotional partnerships.