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Adam Grant Talks About YOU (fabulous women!) in the Workplace

If you're not familiar with Adam Grant—psychology professor at Wharton, one of HR's most influential international thinkers, and author of Give and Take, it's time to get familiar. He's an amazing work advice resource, especially for women.

We took the liberty of compiling all of our favorite advice from Grant in one place, so that it is easy and accessible for you! Grab a coffee and a notebook, you won't want to miss this:

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According to Grant,

  • "Twenty-five percent of United States gross domestic product growth since 1970 is attributed to the increase in women entering the paid workforce."

  • "Studies reveal that women bring new knowledge, skills and networks to the table, take fewer unnecessary risks, and are more inclined to contribute in ways that make their teams and organizations better."

  • "Men are more confident, while women are more competent."

Advice from Grant:

  • Beware of how you approach gender bias:

    • Telling people to be aware of gender bias can actually lead to more discrimination. According to Grant, the best course of action is to use a positive statement such as, “a vast majority of people try to overcome their stereotypic preconceptions.”

      • "After reading this message, managers were 28 percent more interested in working with the female candidate who negotiated assertively and judged her as 25 percent more likable."

  • Keep Speaking Up:

    • "Male executives who spoke more often than their peers were rewarded with 10 percent higher ratings of competence. When female executives spoke more than their peers, both men and women punished them with 14 percent lower ratings.

      • "The Up Side: "As more women enter the upper echelons of organizations, people become more accustomed to women’s contributing and leading."

  • Drive a Hard Bargain:

    • "[R]esearchers were looking for gender differences, and they found them. The male “employees” landed salaries of $146,000, on average, while the females got $141,000, or 3% less. The women did not drive as hard a bargain as the men did; they were more inclined to be givers."

    • "Another group of women bargained for an average salary of $167,000, topping the men by 14%. What was different about them? Instead of playing the employee, they had been instructed to act as the employee’s mentor."

  • Be a Giver:

    • "Higher rates of giving were predictive of higher unit profitability, productivity, efficiency, and customer satisfaction, along with lower costs and turnover rates. "

  • Demand Equality for Everyone:

    • Grant says that we should not just push for equality for women, but equality for everyone.

Adam Grant Articles to Devour:

This blog post is the first of our data-driven resources we want to provide for you here at Dreamers // Doers! Stay tuned.

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