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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to improve the world by championing novel ideas and values that go against the grain, battling conformity and bucking outdated traditions.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)

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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.

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  • Mrs B
  • North West England
  • 03-05-17

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.

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Interesting book

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

Fred Sanders narration 👌

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  • gfsh
  • London, UK
  • 05-01-18

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.

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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.

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Essential for Business

Originals provides a window into what traits people who change the world posses and how to recognize them. The book is extremely well written, insightful and full of real world examples which are easy to relate to.

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Starts well

The book starts well and is engaging. Later found myself unsure of why I wasn't listening to it and whether I agreed with some Author's generalised sweeping statements. However some useful thought provoking content.

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First book I've ever completely read

Take my review with a grain of salt but I loved it. Very insightful. I will be reading it again since there are a lot of ideas and insights on how to better yourself on ideation.

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Please make it compulsory for teachers and parents

Really great one! I would seriously consider to make this one compulsory for teachers in elementary and high schools and for highly recommend for every parent!

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Must Listen

Will start with the negative and there isn't much of it. The pronunciation of some words is very off for me.

Other than that I have deeply enjoyed this book, as it wasn't unnecessarily repetitive like some other books in the genre. I will likely listen to it again. The majority of the points are well evidenced and backed up with memorable examples.

Give it a listen and/or a read.

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  • 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.

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  • Damion Brown
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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.