Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World

Adam Grant
The #1 New York Times bestseller that examines how people can champion new ideas—and how leaders can fight groupthink, from the author of Give and Take“Reading Originals made me feel like I was seated across from Adam Grant at a dinner party, as one of my favorite thinkers thrilled me with his insights and his wonderfully new take on the world.” —Malcolm Gladwell, author of Outliers and The Tipping Point“Originals is one of the most important and captivating books I have ever read, full of surprising and powerful ideas. It will not only change the way you see the world; it might just change the way you live your life. And it could very well inspire you to change your world.” —Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and author of Lean InWith Give and Take, Adam Grant not only introduced a landmark new paradigm for success but also established himself as one of his generation’s most compelling and provocative thought leaders. In Originals he again addresses the challenge of improving the world, but now from the perspective of becoming original: choosing to champion novel ideas and values that go against the grain, battle conformity, and buck outdated traditions. How can we originate new ideas, policies, and practices without risking it all?   Using surprising studies and stories spanning business, politics, sports, and entertainment, Grant explores how to recognize a good idea, speak up without getting silenced, build a coalition of allies, choose the right time to act, and manage fear and doubt; how parents and teachers can nurture originality in children; and how leaders can build cultures that welcome dissent. Learn from an entrepreneur who pitches his start-ups by highlighting the reasons not to invest, a woman at Apple who challenged Steve Jobs from three levels below, an analyst who overturned the rule of secrecy at the CIA, a billionaire financial wizard who fires employees for failing to criticize him, and a TV executive who didn’t even work in comedy but saved Seinfeld from the cutting-room floor. The payoff is a set of groundbreaking insights about rejecting conformity and improving the status quo.


Reviewed: 2018-10-19

This book was better than I thought it was going to be. In fact, it has so many important points--backed up by good research and studies--that I am going to buy and save a summary from it if I can find it. Some of the parts about procrastination, complimentary actives, etc. we expeically interesting. You might consider reading other books by Adam Grant as well... hwo's a professor at the Wharton School. He's that good. 

Reviewed: 2018-07-30

It's odd how book pair up without any real thought when choosing which books to read. Before this I read Quiet by Susan Cain and in it she referenced Originals and there are points when Grant references Quiet. The two books had the conversation going that I'd love to find the next book to continue this conversation. 

Originals looks at how some people break away and create new ways of seeing the world, changing business and why others don't. Looking at a variety of people from the worlds of business, political activists and the arts Grant explores the variety of ways from nature - nurture arguments, birth order, optimism and pessimism shape the ways we interact with others and whether this influences whether we are or can become an original.

If you're at all curious I strongly suggest this book. My brain is going in so many directions that it may take me some time to fully process this book. I can see coming back in the next year or two to reread this.

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