Adam Grant quoted in Quartz article on holiday gift giving in the workplace

December 15, 2017

What should you give your manager, employee, or colleague this holiday season? A recent article from Quartz offers Adam Grant‘s advice: “what if we each picked ten people and told them what we appreciate about them?”

Grant’s idea comes by way of the Reflected Best Self Exercise, which he first encountered in graduate school at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. After getting stories from friends, family, and colleagues about times when he was at his best, “Grant felt uncomfortable having received so much feedback without giving any in return. So, over Christmas break, he spent a week writing emails to the 100 people who mattered most in his life, explaining what he appreciated most about them.”

Grant is a member of the Center for Positive Organizations’ Research Advisory Board. He’s a leading expert on how we can find motivation and meaning, and live more generous and creative lives.