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You spend a quarter of your life at work. You should enjoy it! Organizational psychologist Adam Grant takes you inside the minds of some of the world’s most unusual professionals to discover the keys to a better work life. From learning how to love your rivals to harnessing the power of frustration, one thing’s for sure: You’ll never see your job the same way again. Produced in partnership with Transmitter Media.
 
New to working from home? Managing a distributed team? Home-schooling your kids while trying to get something — anything — done? You’ve come to the right place. Join newbies and experts as we explore the tools, tips and techniques that will help you make the most of this new way of working. Welcome home.
 
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Sam Haggag & Mohammad Kashif

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Life is changing faster than ever before. Join Kashif and Sam to talk all things life and work and how to thrive in our connected world.The last few decades altered the way we live. The future of our work and lives is more uncertain than it has ever been. In this bi weekly podcast, we, Sam and Kashif from the global workforce solutions company ManpowerGroup, discuss contemporary worklife topics. We share our thoughts with you and drive dialogues to help you stay on track and maintain a more ...
 
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When Esther Duflo took her first economics class, she hated it. In 2019, she won a Nobel Prize in economics. Esther talks with Adam about her groundbreaking experiments to fight poverty, busts myths about what motivates people, and reveals how to make meaningful progress toward solving daunting problems. Read the text transcript for this episode at…
 
Algorithms drive most industries today, from medicine to manufacturing, finance and even the legal profession. Everyone uses code that makes their work – and lives – easier. It’s a lucrative career option, especially here in India, and tech-savvy kids are getting into coding in increasingly large numbers. Children as young as 5 to 7 years old are l…
 
Air quality continues to be severe in Delhi, the world’s most polluted national capital. The air turns especially toxic in the winter months because of unfavourable weather conditions, and farmers in neighbouring states burning crop stubble add to the problem. It gets particularly bad after Diwali, the festival of lights, when people burst firecrac…
 
Despite progress in women’s representation as politicians in many parts of the world, there are deep-seated biases that they need to conquer on a daily basis. Only 24 countries have women serving as heads of State or government, according to a recent study by the United Nations; it also says that, at the current rate, gender equality in the highest…
 
The beleaguered tourism sector in India is showing initial signs of revival. The country’s peak travel season is just kicking off and, with the government easing restrictions on air travel, many holiday destinations are once again crowded. Foreign tourists could also be allowed in soon, after being kept away for more than a year-and-a-half.But will…
 
PepsiCo's trailblazing former CEO drove record profits—but did so while investing in employee well-being, consumer health, and environmental sustainability. In their second conversation, she and Adam are on stage for a lively, entertaining dialogue about how to improve our work lives and our workplaces. They talk about striking a balance between fi…
 
India gets 70% of its energy from coal, but has very ambitious plans to get 40% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030.But there is also a growing demand for energy. While coal is the cheapest source of electricity, what about the long-term gains of using wind, hydro, and solar energy? And how challenging is it for India to commit to net…
 
The longtime PepsiCo CEO is one of the world’s most powerful women and Time’s 100 most influential people. In the first of two rich conversations, she explains why she wrote more than 400 letters about her direct reports… to their parents. Indra and Adam discuss what she’s learned about leadership, finding and being a mentor, championing ideas from…
 
The global space industry is expected to be worth about $1 trillion by 2040. India hopes to tap into this increasingly lucrative market, but the country presently holds only about 2% of the world’s space economy. To change that, it is now encouraging private players to drive innovation in space technology. Will the recent opening up of this sector …
 
At the age of 18, Allyson Felix took home the Olympic silver medal in the 200 meter dash. She was devastated. Where others saw “second-best in the world,” she only saw “not first.” That race lit a fire that would carry her on to become the most decorated track and field athlete in American history. Adam talks with her about achieving excellence, bo…
 
Job applications can be tricky. Most parts of the process are tedious, requiring sharp focus and attention to detail. Catching a recruiter’s eye is not easy, and a growing number of firms are now using artificial intelligence in the initial screening and hiring of candidates. What is the secret to getting invited for an interview? What about applyi…
 
We're back soon with new episodes of Taken for Granted, but for now, here's a TED Talk Adam gave recently. Have you found yourself staying up late, joylessly bingeing TV shows and doomscrolling through the news, or simply navigating your day uninspired and aimless? Chances are you're languishing—a psychic malaise that has become all too common afte…
 
More than 18 months have passed since Covid-19 was officially declared a pandemic. Hundreds of millions of people have lived through lockdowns, adapting to the new ways of working. Millions lost their jobs, many others had to take pay cuts. How has it impacted the way you get paid? Do you think you are paid adequately for the amount of work that yo…
 
Humour, fashion, music or memes: social media stars have a big influence on today’s digital audience, and India, with more than 500 million people using social media platforms, is a buzzing base for all things trending.But is there a method to the frenzy of new content being created and consumed by the hour? What are the pressures of dealing with i…
 
Traditional canvas paintings on easels or walls dominate the popular perception about how art is created and consumed. But technology is revolutionising the way we perceive art.Digital tools are letting artists bring still pictures to life, and blockchain technology is letting them sell their artworks as a non-fungible-token (NFT), which creates a …
 
Before India legalised homosexual sex in 2018, the LGBTQ+ community in this country of more than a billion people lived under the shadow of a law dating back nearly 160 years to colonial rule.As the ruling was handed down, there were celebrations all across the country, but three years on, have social mindsets and attitudes changed? Do professional…
 
China’s recent move to limit the time children spend on online gaming has put the spotlight back on the long-running concern about how excessive gaming can impact the young.India has a booming online gaming market with around 350 million gamers, 60% of whom are under 25 years, and the pandemic has led to a massive growth of the gaming industry. Exp…
 
Thousands of Afghans continue to flee their country since the Taliban seized control last month. Nearly half a million are expected to seek sanctuary in other countries by the end of the year, according to the United Nations.Many of them will head to India. The country has a long-standing practice of welcoming asylum seekers, but selectively, and s…
 
India’s mega film industry - the world's largest in terms of the number of productions - has suffered losses worth billions of dollars due to the pandemic. Since last year, the country’s 9,500 theatres were shut because of the coronavirus outbreak. This led to massive job losses. Film production was hit too, and has only recently started picking up…
 
The coronavirus pandemic has had a catastrophic impact on schoolchildren. More than 300 million students in India have been impacted due to school closures as the country battled the health crisis. Many have shifted completely to online classes for more than a year, but millions of others haven’t had access to digital platforms.So, what’s been the …
 
Ever since partition in 1947, India and Pakistan have been locked in conflict. Often, the two nations are in the news for increasing hostilities along the Line of Control, the de facto border that divides disputed Kashmir. The two countries have a shared history and similar cultures, but despite many attempts at resolving their disputes, lasting pe…
 
Unusually severe rainfall, flooding, and heatwaves in different parts of India have raised questions about extreme weather becoming more common in the country. According to a recent study, India saw the world's largest displacement in 2020 caused by floods and cyclones. The economic loss was estimated to be over 20 billion dollars.So, with unpredic…
 
India has a population of almost 1.4 billion people and is expected to become the most populous country in the world, overtaking China, by 2027, according to the United Nations. And now, India's most populous state, has unveiled a controversial bill to curb population growth. With over 220 million people, Uttar Pradesh says it'll deny government jo…
 
People are finally paying attention to mental health at work, but some major myths are holding us back. Adam breaks down what we get wrong about mental health at work, what individuals and organizations can do to start getting it right, and why we all need compassion more than empathy. Thanks to our guests Demar Derozan, Sally Maitlis, Darlene Upto…
 
Toxic workplaces take many forms, but they share a common thread of bullying, negativity and harm. And they may result in wide-ranging consequences - right from physical health impacts to poor mental health and burnout, as well as organisational fallout.Experts say most bullying originates from poor management, with destructive behaviours trickling…
 
Are you afraid to share bad news, ask for help, or admit you were wrong? These are signs of being in a psychologically unsafe work environment. Adam breaks down the importance of psychological safety in preventing errors and promoting innovation and inclusion, and examines what it takes to build a culture of voice rather than silence. Thanks to gue…
 
Across the world, drones are already being used to carry products, perform security surveillance or conduct warfare. It's becoming more common to hear the soft buzz of a drone flying overhead. India, which has so far trailed in adopting the technology, is now eager to ease norms and encourage the use of drones.Does that mean getting your pizza deli…
 
Burnout is rising in the world of office goers. Months of disruption and uncertainty caused by the Covid pandemic has led workers at many companies to feel stressed and exhausted. Daily life has been disrupted, and the lines between work and leisure blurred. Many are finding it difficult to cope. In response to this, many companies have announced b…
 
After a promising start in January, India's vaccine drive has been hobbled by challenges. A severe shortfall from May onwards left many searching for jabs.But logistics aside, another problem has cropped up – women are falling behind men in getting vaccinated.According to recent data, of the total jabs administered so far, 54% have gone to men and …
 
In a world obsessed with efficiency, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s smash Broadway hits Hamilton and In the Heights began with idle curiosity. Adam interviews Lin together with his father, Luis, about finding harmony between creativity and productivity—and rhythm between work and life. They discuss what motivated Lin to take a big risk on the biggest stage o…
 
Luke's links: ManagingRemoteTeams.co AlignRemotely.com On LinkedIn On Twitter Stuff we talk about: IdeaBoardz whiteboarding Miro whiteboarding Mural whiteboarding David Mastronardi, CEO of Gamestorming Group Jonathan Raymond, founder of Reffound The Pomodoro Technique time management method LeanPub You can follow or subscribe through your favorite …
 
An estimated 115 million children in India are said to be at risk of malnutrition. Experts say India's Covid lockdowns interrupted crucial government schemes that benefit hundreds of millions of women and children.The malnutrition rates were already on the rise in the years leading up to the Covid outbreak. India’s lockdowns, some of the severest a…
 
Do you pay attention to your attention? John Green is the beloved author of The Fault In Our Stars, and when he started tracking his attention, he realized he was obsessed with evaluating human progress. He decided to start rating everything—from the capacity for human wonder to Canadian geese—on a five-point scale. In this deeply thoughtful conver…
 
Covid has dealt a heavy blow to Indian businesses. Battling the first and then a ferocious second wave of coronavirus infections, the country has seen consumer demand crash, upended supply chains and a transformation in consumer habits. Millions of jobs have been lost in both rural and urban areas.Surviving this changed landscape amid an ongoing vi…
 
Criticism rarely comes wrapped in a shiny gift box, tied with a bow. As a trailblazing leader, one of Mellody Hobson’s gifts is finding the diamond in the rough. She and Adam unpack how to look for the grain of truth in any critique, when to discount feedback, and what it takes to be honest without being brutal. Find the full text transcript at go.…
 
Fake news and misinformation are hampering India's battle with the coronavirus pandemic. Right from the origins of the virus to unproven alternative cures to efficacy of vaccines, a wave of mass anxiety has washed over the country's social media. While most misleading messages spread through online platforms, experts say senior leaders and influenc…
 
It’s been 25 years since the concept of emotional intelligence exploded onto the scene. Cultural critic Merve Emre makes a bold case that in the wrong hands, it can be used to exploit people. We unpack the surprising roots of emotional intelligence, how it’s been co-opted as a form of corporate control, and why you might want to rethink some of you…
 
India is seeing a decline in the second wave of coronavirus infections, but a rare and deadly fungal infection is affecting patients recovering from Covid.India has reported more than 11,000 cases of the black fungus infection, also known as mucormycosis. It has a mortality rate of over 50 per cent, and the drug needed for its treatment is in short…
 
“I can’t do this.” “I didn’t deserve this promotion.” “When will they find me out?” If you’ve had thoughts like these, you aren’t alone. Nearly 70% of people have experienced imposter syndrome—even some of the most successful ones! The difference is in how they can use imposter thoughts as fuel, rather than a fire to burn them out. Adam shares thre…
 
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