Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World
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Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World


The #1 national bestseller and New York Times bestseller that examines how people can champion new ideas—and how leaders can fight groupthink

“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 In

With 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becoming original: choosing to champion novel ideas and values that go against the grain, battle conformity, and buck outdated traditions.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.

From the Hardcover edition.

Title:Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:326 pages

    Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World Reviews

  • Kony
    Feb 12, 2016

    I beg to differ with Sheryl Sandberg. This isn't a cutting-edge primer on what it takes to be "original." It's a pleasantly readable, if mediocre, collection of findings and anecdotes that are more-or...

  • Michael
    Jan 31, 2016

    “Fools rush in.” Those 3 words are the foundation for the recurring theme that Adam Grant reveals through studied research which shakes the dominant mythology of our modern dogma on what it takes ...

  • Bill Zoelle
    Feb 23, 2016

    I got the sense that this book was yet another compilation of blog posts with examples cherrypicked from successful books to support ideas with very little first hand research. The author is critical ...

  • Lloyd Fassett
    Jan 31, 2016

    1/31/16 The author wrote an interesting synopsis for the nyts here: How to Raise a Creative Child. Step One: Back Off http://nyti.ms/1nv0ZIj3/14/16I appreciated learning about a company that seriously...

  • Jim Lavis
    Feb 20, 2016

    OriginalsTwo stars are generous. The first 3 or 4 chapters had some value, but the examples that were used, in those chapters, were dated and generic. The author’s credentials seem steer and the rev...

  • Peter Aloysius
    Feb 07, 2016

    Ironically, this book contains very few original ideas on it's own...

  • Chris
    Jan 24, 2016

    I read this book in two days. Several times while in the middle of reading it, I had to remind myself that I wasn't reading a book written by Malcolm Gladwell. Then, I realized something just as good:...

  • Silvia
    Feb 07, 2016

    I wanted to kick this book after reading just half. I'm glad I didn't because this way I have no reserves on giving it fewer stars. I expected more from Mr Grant's book. I thought this was gonna refle...

  • Amanda
    Jan 10, 2016

    This is a very well written interesting analysis of the origins of originality and how our society can foster it. I would recommend this book to basically anyone. The author uses fascinating anecdotes...

  • Guilherme De Azevedo
    Feb 06, 2017

    Great book.Check out a 4 minute video review and summary I made on Youtube. It will give you a good overview to decide if you want to further explore it, or it can also refresh your memory if you have...