Anthropologist Wade Davis on how COVID-19 signals the end of the American era
Adam GrantGreat societies create quality of life, not only economic growth.
They offer opportunity to all, not only to some.
They foster social solidarity, not only personal freedom.
If even some of these sobering predictions come true, it ain't good news for US.
As universities plan to reopen, they continue to overlook the concerns of campus staff.
Adam GrantToo many universities treat staff like second-class citizens.
Publishing research and paying tuition shouldn't determine a person's worth.
Campus staff deserve a voice. They have less secure jobs than faculty and spend more time on campus than students.
How to help yourself — and your employees — find time and space to be productive.
Adam GrantAs the pandemic has forced many of us to blur the line between work and home, it's up to managers to help set boundaries.
Good: committing to no emails and calls on nights and weekends.
Better: asking people what times they need to protect.
Mundane chores take up our time and headspace. Bundling life admin into specific time slots - known as GYLIO - might be the ultimate act of self-care.
Adam GrantA simple step for preventing burnout and promoting productivity: bundling mindless tasks back-to-back.
Scheduling a regular time for administrative work makes it less exhausting—and frees up time for deep work on more interesting, important projects.
Company practices often conflict with corporate values. Closing the gap starts with communication.
Adam GrantCompany value statements are mostly empty promises: they’re uncorrelated with people’s experiences at work.
Pay no attention to the glitz in front of the curtain.
Culture is how people behave—and what gets rewarded and punished.
Adam GrantGood allies don't just offer emotional support. They help people achieve their goals.
It’s not enough to ask Black colleagues how they’re feeling.
"Ask them about their actual work, including what they are hoping to accomplish."
Feedback discussions often backfire. New research points to a more effective way to motivate another person to change: future-focused feedback. ...
Adam GrantConstructive criticism doesn't dwell on the past. It highlights how we can excel in the future.
New data: feedback on ways to improve reduces defensiveness & motivates change.
Instead of stressing what people did wrong, tell them how they can do better.
Robin DiAngelo’s best seller is giving white Americans a new way to talk about race. Do those conversations actually serve the cause of equality?
Adam GrantOne more time: the evidence on bias training is mixed at best.
It's not realistic to erase a lifetime of prejudice in an afternoon.
Even if it works, individual awareness isn't enough. Fixing broken systems requires collective action.
Adam GrantCrises can break us down, but they can also build us up.
Research: many people emerge from traumatic events with a renewed sense of strength, gratitude, connection, possibility, and purpose.
Never underestimate the resilience of the human spirit.
Early research on how people are — and aren’t — adapting and how leaders can help
Adam GrantData on remote work, March thru May:
(1) Work days are 10-20% longer
(2) Best predictor of adaptation isn't introversion, but being agreeable and emotionally stable
(3) Communication went up 40% with strong ties but down 10% with weak ties
The minute we make any decision—I think COVID-19 is serious; no, I’m sure it is a hoax—we begin to justify the wisdom of our choice and find reasons to dismiss the alternative.
Adam GrantOne of the most important skills in life is learning to sit with cognitive dissonance.
Justifying our beliefs and actions protects us from discomfort today, but prevents us from evolving tomorrow.
"Foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds."
The science of optical illusions shows that "reality" is constructed by your brain.
Adam GrantToo many of our impressions of others are based on too few clues.
It's like the Kanizsa illusion: we only see corners, but our minds fill in a full triangle.
When interpreting people's words and actions, be careful not to fill in what you can't see.
Research shows it’s not as simple as a lack of confidence.
Adam GrantOn an analytic test, men and women did equally well, but men rated themselves 33% higher.
It's not just confidence; women know they face backlash for violating humility norms.
Let's stop punishing women who self-promote—and stop rewarding men who do.
New research shows that people have stayed connected during coronavirus.
Adam GrantSome good news: social distancing hasn't increased loneliness.
Rigorous study from late January through late April: Americans actually feel more supported.
Isolation can fuel connection. Resilience is the norm, not the exception.
Adam GrantSocial skills contribute as much to group performance as individual IQ.
New data: team players add value in part by motivating everyone else to work harder.
The smartest individuals aren't always the ones who make the team smarter.
A critic appeals to reason—your mind and conscience; a bully tries to induce fear--resorting to threats and shaming to frighten you into submission.
Adam GrantCritics start dialogue. Bullies shut it down.
Critics appeal to reason and offer evidence.
Bullies appeal to fear and make accusations.
Critics welcome challenges as learning opportunities.
Bullies denounce challengers as ignorant or malicious.
As many companies across the U.S. explore ways to promote more racial equality in hiring, new research suggests banning salary history questions for job applicants provides considerable benefits for African-Americans and women.
Adam GrantHey managers: don't ask people what they earned in their last job.
When states banned salary history Qs, pay increased:
5% for job changers overall
8% for women
13% for African-Americans
Pay people what they're worth today, not what they made yesterday.
Among U.S. workers over 25, only 26% of blacks, and 40% of whites, have a bachelor’s or higher.
Adam GrantDear employers: stop requiring college degrees in job postings.
It systematically disadvantages those who acquire skills through alternative routes—especially people of color.
There's nothing you learn in college that you can't learn elsewhere.