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Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth


“...there are no shortcuts to excellence. Developing real expertise, figuring out really hard problems, it all takes time―longer than most people've got to apply those skills and produce goods or services that are valuable to people....Grit is about working on something you care about so much that you're willing to stay loyal to's doing what you love, but not just falling in love―staying in love.” 

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Work Life with Adam Grant


Season 1, Episode 1:

How to Love Criticism

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10 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings

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Is Giving the Secret to Getting Ahead?

Susan Dominus

The New York Times


“The greatest untapped source of motivation, he (Adam Grant) argues, is a sense of service to others; focusing on the contribution of our work to other people’s lives has the potential to make us more productive than thinking about helping ourselves.” 

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The Culture Map

by Erin Meyer

"Millions of people work in global settings while viewing everything from their own cultural perspectives and assuming that all differences, controversy, and misunderstanding are rooted in personality. This is not due to laziness. Many well-intentioned people don’t educate themselves about cultural differences because they believe that if they focus on individual differences, that will be enough."

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The Age of Average

Alex Murrell

"I believe that the age of average is the age of opportunity.


When every supermarket aisle looks like a sea of sameness, when every category abides by the same conventions, when every industry has converged on its own singular style, bold brands and courageous companies have the chance to chart a different course. To be different, distinctive and disruptive.


So, this is your call to arms. Whether you’re in film or fashion, media or marketing, architecture, automotive or advertising, it doesn’t matter. Our visual culture is flatlining and the only cure is creativity.


It’s time to cast aside conformity. It’s time to exorcise the expected. It’s time to decline the indistinguishable.


For years the world has been moving in the same stylistic direction. And it’s time we reintroduced some originality.


Or as the ad agency BBH says.


When the world zigs. Zag."

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