Adam Grant on challenge networks
Written in: December 2019 Notes
Last updated on: December 17, 2019
I also listened to Tim Ferris’s #399 podcast episode, which is an interview with Adam.
Criticism and challenge networks
- Criticism can be very beneficial
- Ray Dalio uses constructive criticism to run his firm, Bridgewater Associates
- The culture is to challenge beliefs, even if what you’re arguing for doesn’t align with what you believe
- As long as a good culture is maintained and it doesn’t become a competition about being right vs. wrong, constant criticism/questioning can be powerful.
- Adam has his own “challenge network.” He sends them his work and their job is to tear it apart, regardless of if they agree with he beliefs or not.
- He seems to derive a lot of value from this
- Everyone has blind spots and it can be beneficial to learn what they are from asking other people what your strengths and weaknesses are
- Adam recommended this book
- A lot of it is built on brutally honest communication
- Frame projects in a way that success is not dependent on the outcome
- The world is complex and impossible to predict, so by setting up projects that don’t depend on luck, you can isolate your own performance
- Focus more on creating value in ways you can control, learning, networking, etc.