Listen free for 30 days

Originals

How Non-Conformists Change the World
Narrated by: Fred Sanders
Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (521 ratings)

£7.99/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime

Summary

The New York Times best-selling author examines how people can drive creative, moral and organisational progress - and how leaders can encourage originality in their organisations.

How can we originate new ideas, policies and practices without risking it all? Adam Grant shows how to improve the world by championing novel ideas and values that go against the grain, battling conformity and bucking outdated traditions.

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. Parents will learn how to nurture originality in children, and leaders will discover how to fight groupthink to build cultures that welcome dissent.

Told through dazzling case studies of people going against the grain, you'll encounter an entrepreneur who pitches the reasons not to invest, a woman at Apple who challenged Steve Jobs from three levels below, an analyst who challenged secrecy at the CIA, a billionaire financial wizard who fires employees who don't criticize him and the TV executive who saved Seinfeld from the cutting room floor. Originals will give you groundbreaking insights about rejecting conformity and how to change the world.

©2016 Adam Grant (P)2016 Random House AudioBooks

Critic reviews

" 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, best-selling author of Lean In)

More from the same

What members say

Average customer ratings

Overall

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    318
  • 4 Stars
    139
  • 3 Stars
    49
  • 2 Stars
    6
  • 1 Stars
    9

Performance

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    272
  • 4 Stars
    145
  • 3 Stars
    30
  • 2 Stars
    9
  • 1 Stars
    3

Story

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    274
  • 4 Stars
    114
  • 3 Stars
    44
  • 2 Stars
    13
  • 1 Stars
    8

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Thought-provoking and implementable

Many of the ideas in this book are why I left the corporate world to work with entrepreneurs and small businesses.

5 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Awesome

I really enjoyed this. Adam covers a lot of bases in this book. I found it really inspiring and challenging. I'll definitely be listening to it again and taking notes this time. I might even buy the ebook version too.

5 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Brilliant

Brilliant book. Full of not just insight and illustrations, but I really appreciated the application of ideas towards the end of the book. So glad I read it.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Interesting book

One of my favourites as far as these kinds of books go.

Fred Sanders narration 👌

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

I wanted to like this book...

I really wanted to like this book but it just didn't hold my attention. It's slow and poorly structured and seems to just repeat a lot of what has already been dealt with in other, better times. I'm sorry Adam but it wasn't a good one for me.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

starting off interesting and then I got bored

There are some useful ideas in this book on how to make original ideas work. However, I found that ways too many ideas rely on examples of events from the suffragette movement.... it felt repetitive and, unless you have a key timelines of the suffragette movement in your mind, eventually names, places, and years would become unnecessary jargons. I kept losing track of the key ideas that this book want to deliver. I tried this book twice already and both time give up mid-way through.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Best avoided by Sheep - and the followers of sheep

This book is simply extraordinary. It delivers a continual stream of practical insights that will enormously enhance your understanding of what influences people and particularly what factors lead to the creation of those notable individuals who leave an indelible and unique imprint upon the world. I know that I will be recommending it to scores of peers in the following months.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Up and down

The concepts in this book are great and often piqued my curiosity, making me reflect on how I live my life. The start and the end of the book grabbed me the most, and this alludes to my up and down title, as there were a few times when I almost didn’t finish the book, as for me it dragged in places. The first few chapters and the last few chapters were the strongest for me, and I know that I’ll revisit some of the concepts touched on. I particularly liked the section on reframing fear, nervousness, and how our minds/body work in regards to emotions I found particularly interesting, and it’s something that I’ve often tried to work on. Instead of trying to stop the feeling of fear and nervousness by “calming” down the book suggested reframing it to excitement and then outlined the science and research to support the action, by reframing it your body and mind “apparently” becomes more focused as the chemical make up to fear and excitement are similar so it’s a more natural transition than trying to stop the feeling altogether. The author explains it better, but it made a lot of sense while I was reading it.

In the earlier chapters, the book shares some excellent food for thought for entrepreneurs and the likely hood of success if you stay at your day job while building your business vs leaving your job and just going for it. According to the research shared people who stayed in their job/current situation while building their business tended to have more successful business in the long term. The example used being the founders of Google, Sara Blakey the founder of Spanks and the three college students who started Warby Parker.

Thinking back over the book now I think I’d give it a solid 3/5 some great concepts but sags a bit in the middle for me.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

In a practical way introduced by story

Many examples to present practical solutions to psychological traits that innovation. Using the paradigm; I will tell you what, I tell you, I tell you what I have told you. In the end there is a list James

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

Fun, but a bit cheesy

This book doesn't have a strong message or anything. It sums up interesting studies about creativity. The facts are fun to know but it feels like a collection of blog posts.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for wes
  • wes
  • 27-05-18

Insightful

Insightful, smart, sometimes surprising but all delivered in an entertaining fashion. Drawing on a mixture of anecdotal and academic sources - this book is a must read/listen.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Damion Brown
  • Damion Brown
  • 03-10-18

Implies causation from small studies

While the book is interesting in some of its propositions, it does not create great engaging narratives and the scientific evidence is not compelling. The arguments in some places are more anecdotes mixed with small scientific studies that neither directly relate or robustly prove an underlying principle that can be clearly applied.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Vijay Narendran Mathely
  • Vijay Narendran Mathely
  • 01-05-20

brilliant book....very well narratted

Adam Grant and his hypothesis blows your mind. The power of statistics and reasoning was never called upon so well, in my reading experience. Insightful and actionable

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Dan Oliver Mia
  • Dan Oliver Mia
  • 10-02-20

A Must for those Interested in Innovation

I am a fan of innovation hence I did a lot of readings and consume a lot of media about the subject. I also listen to Adam Grant's video clips (yes, listen). Despite those, I was surprised to still learn a lot about the subject.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Kindle Customer
  • Kindle Customer
  • 16-08-19

Good, but not.awesome

It's a good read, with some real useful pieces of information dispersed throughout and it dispels strongly held myths about creative and original people. However I expected more depth and a better golden thread to keep it together.