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At a recent gig at Google, Adam Grant was asked how to make the search company’s employees more productive and happy. His answer: Just ask them what they want to do. That simple advice from anyone else would probably be dismissed. But Grant is the management consultant of the moment to Silicon Valley and the Fortune 500’s biggest names. His second best-seller, Originals, came out earlier this year. Sheryl Sandberg is a big fan (and the two are now penning a forthcoming book together about resilience). Among some of Grant’s unconventional advice for managers: Don’t recruit star hires or ivy leaguers. They tend not to elevate others, and aren’t as loyal. That and other pieces of advice from Grant are still far from the common wisdom, but if Grant keeps saying it they just might become it.
Here’s How Companies Can Leverage Cost-Cutting Times
Author Adam Grant explains.