Getting to the Heart of Team Culture with Pete Carroll

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In this episode of Re:Thinking with Adam Grant, Adam speaks with Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll about the ingredients for taking a team to the Super Bowl. They discuss what makes a relationship strong, owning up to failure, showing respect, and Carroll’s rituals for inspiring trust and communication.

Adam Grant is an organizational psychologist who studies work motivation, job design, and prosocial and proactive behaviors. His research examines the forces that motivate employees to help others, and the implications of these behaviors for success and well-being. Although many employees do work that has a meaningful impact on others, all too often, they lack a vivid understanding of how their efforts make a difference. Grant’s studies demonstrate that employees work harder, smarter, longer, more generously, and more productively when they can see how their work affects others. He is the author, most recently, of Think Again among others.

Pete Carroll is the head coach of the Seattle Seahawks N.F.L. football team. He joined the Seahawks in 2010 after one of the most successful runs in college football as head coach of University of Southern California Trojans. He brings 28 years of NFL experience and 19 years of collegiate experience to Seattle. He’s one of only three football coaches to have won the college national championship and the Super Bowl. His leadership approach is rooted in compassion and love, and the knowledge that each of us—whether player or coach, student or teacher—is constantly learning and evolving. He’s founded a number of organizations and initiatives over the years that take this philosophy far beyond the football field, to help individuals, companies, teams, and young people connect with their life’s purpose and perform at their best.