Author Adam Grant to speak here

Adam Grant, an organizational psychology professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, will talk about his latest book on the value of nonconformity and why generosity in the work place is more effective than selfishness at an April 5 event presented by the Family Action Network and co-sponsored by Character Counts! in Glenview.

Dr. Grant will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, at New Trier High School’s Winnetka Campus, 385 Winnetka Avenue, Winnetka, in Gaffney Auditorium.

Dr. Grant has been recognized as one of the most influential international thinkers, BusinessWeek’s favorite professors, world’s 40 best business professors under 40 and Malcolm Gladwell’s favorite social science writers. Previously, he was a record-setting advertising director, a junior Olympic springboard diver and a professional magician.

He is the author of Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives our Success, which explores the evolving world of workplace dynamics, why selfishness fails and how working with, for and through others continues to be the recipe for personal and organizational success His latest book, Originals: How Nonconformists Move the World Forward, examines how people can champion new ideas—and how leaders can fight “group think.”

Dr. Grant 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. He has more than 60 publications in leading management and psychology journals, and his pioneering studies have increased performance and reduced burnout among engineers and sales professionals, enhanced call center productivity and motivated safety behaviors among doctors, nurses and lifeguards.

Watch this video, “Give and Take.”