This course will introduce you to research-grounded insights to become an original thinker capable of driving creativity and change in the world. Taught by Adam Grant, Wharton’s top-rated professor for five straight years and the author of the New York Times bestsellers Originals and Give and Take, you'll learn strategies for developing and selecting a breakthrough idea and championing it effectively.
Adam will share surprising studies spanning business, social entrepreneurship, technology and entertainment. He will teach you how to recognize a good idea, speak up without getting silenced, build a coalition of allies, and choose the right time to act.
He’ll also share his findings on how anyone can pursue a more generous, creative life while still getting ahead in their careers. Most importantly, he’ll present his insights in ways that you can immediately apply to your own work and life. Each video will be accompanied by an actionable tool or exercise you can use to apply the principles Adam talks about to advance your own original ideas. This course is ideal for anyone who wants to develop a meaningful and original idea to change the world.
In this lecture, Adam Grant will welcome you to the course and tell you what you can expect to learn.
In this lecture, Adam Grant will define the concept of "originality" and how it differs from creativity.
In this lecture, Adam Grant will define who can be an original and explain the characteristics of original thinkers.
In this activity, you'll have a chance to introduce yourself to a community of other original thinkers.
In this lecture, you'll learn to uncover original ideas by questioning the defaults in your daily life.
In this exercise, you'll learn strategies to look for "default options" in your own life.
In this lecture, you'll learn why quantity is more important than quality when generating original ideas.
In this exercise, you'll conduct an Idea Sprint to generate a volume of ideas.
In this lecture, you'll learn why trying out something like a new hobby or moving to a new country can be so critical to originality.
In this exercise, you'll practice interviewing other people to gain new perspectives.
In this lecture, you'll learn who you should seek feedback from to help you uncover your most original ideas--and who you should avoid listening to.
In this activity, you'll be able to give and receive feedback on your original ideas so that you can further develop them.
In this lecture, you'll learn why sharing your idea might be weak can actually help you find more supporters.
In this exercise, you'll be challenged to think of the downsides of your original idea--and how you might present them.
In this lecture, Adam will explain the surprising lesson you can learn from the Lion King about how to present original ideas.
In this exercise, you'll be challenged to come up with an "Airbnb for X" pitch for your original idea.
In this lecture, you'll learn strategies to become a tempered radical who can get others to believe in your radical proposals for change.
In this exercise, you'll have a chance to pitch your original idea to others.
In this lecture, Adam will introduce you to the givers, takers and matchers framework.
This quiz will help you determine if you are a giver, taker, or matcher. The results might surprise you.
Learn how you can incorporate giving into your life in five-minute increments.
Learn how to align your generosity with the areas where you are best positioned to make an impact.
In this exercise, you'll practice carrying out a 5 minute favor and then share your ideas for 5 minute favors with others.
In this lecture, you'll learn how to "chunk" rather than "sprinkle" your giving.
In this lecture, Adam will explain an efficient and meaningful way to stay motivated.
In this lecture, you'll learn about the practice of job crafting and how it can help you stay motivated.
Adam Grant has been Wharton’s top-rated professor for five straight years. 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 25 most influential management thinkers and Fortune's 40 under 40.
He 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; it is a #1 national bestseller praised by J.J. Abrams, Richard Branson, and Malcolm Gladwell. Give and Take examines why helping others drives our success, and was named one of the best books of 2013 by Amazon, Apple, the Financial Times, and The Wall Street Journal—as well as one of Oprah's riveting reads and Harvard Business Review’s ideas that shaped management. His third book, Option B with Sheryl Sandberg, is on resilience.
Adam earned his Ph.D. in organizational psychology from the University of Michigan, completing it in less than three years, and his B.A. 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. His pioneering research has increased performance and reduced burnout among engineers and sales professionals, enhanced call center productivity, and motivated safety behaviors among doctors, nurses and lifeguards.
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