Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant on Resilience
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Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant on Resilience

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg talks about returning to work after her husband’s death, and Wharton management and psychology professor Adam Grant discusses what the research says about resilience. In this joint interview, they talk about how to build resilience in yourself, your team, and your organization. They’re the authors of the new book, Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy.

ADAM GRANT: I think there’s certainly a lot of evidence to speak to that. I think that we tend to define breaks too narrowly though.  There’s some research I love by Kim Elsbach which actually shows that one of the best breaks you give people is mindless work. So if you think about being an overstretched, you know, knowledge worker, for example. Or you know, working in tech, right, where the world is just getting more dynamic at an accelerating pace, one of the things you can do is work on tasks that are rote and repetitive, which starts to free up your mind to think creatively, which gives you a chance to re-center.