January 11, 2017

4:00-5:30 p.m.

Michigan Ross Campus, Ross Building, 701 Tappan, Ann Arbor

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Adam Grant
Wharton professor and author of Originals and Give and Take
About the talk

To survive and thrive, organizations need original thinking. Yet most individuals stay silent instead of voicing their best ideas—and many leaders stifle dissent rather than encouraging it. Drawing on his #1 New York Times bestselling book Originals, Adam Grant will explore how we can all get better at championing new ideas, and how to build cultures that welcome diverse perspectives and honest feedback.

Grant’s insights on unleashing originality have been praised by J.J. Abrams, Richard Branson, Malcolm Gladwell, and Sheryl Sandberg, and this talk will bring them to life in ways that are both surprising and entertaining.

About Grant

Adam Grant is Wharton’s top-rated professor and a New York Times writer on work and psychology. He has been recognized as one of the world’s 25 most influential management thinkers, Fortune’s 40 under 40, and the 100 most creative people in business. Previously, he was a record-setting advertising director, a junior Olympic springboard diver, and a professional magician.

Grant is the author of two New York Times bestselling books translated into 35 languages. Originals explores how individuals champion new ideas and leaders fight groupthink and Give and Take examines why helping others drives our success.

Grant earned his PhD in organizational psychology from the University of Michigan, completing it in less than three years, and his BA from Harvard University, magna cum laude with highest honors and Phi Beta Kappa honors. He has earned awards for distinguished scholarly achievement from the Academy of Management, the American Psychological Association, and the National Science Foundation.

Watch Grant’s TED talk with over 4 million views: “The surprising habits of original thinkers.”

Winter 2017 Positive Links Speaker Series host

Jane Dutton, co-founder of the Center for Positive Organizations; Robert L. Kahn Distinguished University Professor of Business Administration and Psychology


The Center for Positive Organizations thanks Learning & Professional DevelopmentSanger Leadership Center, Tauber Institute for Global Operations, Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, and Diane and Paul Jones (MBA ‘75), for their support of the 2016-17 Positive Links Speaker Series.

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