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Tanya Menon: What Can We Gain By Expanding Our Social Circles?


Tanya Menon speaks on the TED stage.

Tanya Menon speaks on the TED stage.

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Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Comfort Zone.

About Tanya Menon’s TED Talk

Humans naturally seek out cliques or in-groups. But organizational psychologist Tanya Menon encourages us to break out of our social comfort zones, for wider opportunties to grow.

About Tanya Menon

Tanya Menon is an Associate Professor at the Fisher College of Business, Ohio State University. Her research on decision making, influence, culture, teams, and networks has been cited in various media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, The Economist Intelligence Unit, The Times of London (UK), The Guardian (UK), and The Times of India.

She is also the co-author of Stop Spending, Start Managing: Strategies To Transform Wasteful Habits. Menon earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Harvard University in 1995, and her PhD from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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