Originals

Originals

How Non-conformists Move the World

Book - 2016
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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becoming original: choosing to champion novel ideas and values that go against the grain, battle conformity, and buck outdated traditions.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 fight groupthink to 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.
Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, [2016]
ISBN: 9780143128854
014312885X
9780525429562
0525429565
Characteristics: xii, 322 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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iequalsprt
Sep 28, 2016

Originals by Adam Grant contains the latest research on developing innovative and creative thinkers. It also has thoughtful information on how to overcome public speaking jitters, raise moral kids, and have a principled family or organization.

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Sep 15, 2016

A decently written book that clearly explains non-conformists and their roles in organizations, and society generally. He provides useful advice on incorporating non-conformists, and even helping conformists become - at moments - a little more enjoyable. I found the incorporation of the bibliography into the notes irritating - whats an extra three pages in a three-hundred page book?

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writermala
Mar 23, 2016

I went through High School and college justifying my non-conformism by saying I was a non- non- conformist --that is, I was rebelling against my peer group who were rebelling against their parents.

I was, therefore, relieved to read in this book that to be non-conformist is good. In fact the book went so far as to say that it doesn't take guts to follow the crowd; courage and intelligence lie in being ready to be different.

I'm not an entrepreneur or somebody who has made a huge difference to the world, but I'm comfortable in my skin and happy with what I have achieved. This perhaps springs from being Original.

Thank you Adam Grant.

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