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The best-selling author of Give and Take and Originals examines the critical art of rethinking: learning to question your opinions and open other people's minds, which can position you for excellence at work and wisdom in life.

Intelligence is usually seen as the ability to think and learn, but in a rapidly changing world, there's another set of cognitive skills that might matter more: the ability to rethink and unlearn. In recent months, the pandemic has forced us all to reevaluate our assumptions about health and safety and multiple acts of police brutality have challenged most of us to reconsider our responsibility for fighting racism. Yet in our daily lives, too many of us still favor the comfort of conviction over the discomfort of doubt. We listen to opinions that make us feel good, instead of ideas that make us think hard. 

We see disagreement as a threat to our egos, rather than an opportunity to learn. We surround ourselves with people who agree with our conclusions, when we should be gravitating toward those who challenge our thought process. The result is that our beliefs get brittle long before our bones. Intelligence is no cure, and it can even be a curse: there's evidence that being good at thinking can make us worse at rethinking. The brighter we are, the blinder we can become to our own limitations. 

As an organisational psychologist, Adam Grant has spent his career exploring how we can open other people's minds - and our own. As Wharton's top-rated professor and the number one New York Times best-selling author of Originals and Give and Take, one of his guiding principles in life is arguing like he's right but listening like he's wrong. 

With bold ideas and rigorous evidence, he investigates how we can embrace the joy of being wrong, harness the surprising advantages of impostor syndrome, bring nuance into charged conversations about abortion and climate change, and build schools, workplaces and communities of lifelong learners. 

You'll learn how an international debate champion wins arguments, a Black musician persuades white supremacists to abandon hate, a vaccine whisperer convinces anti-vaxxers to immunise their children, and how Adam has coaxed Yankees fans to root for the Red Sox. 

Think Again reveals that we don't have to believe everything we think or internalise everything we feel. It's an invitation to let go of views that are no longer serving us well and prize mental flexibility, humility and curiosity over foolish consistency. If knowledge is power, knowing what we don't know is wisdom.

©2021 Adam Grant (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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Genuinely thought provoking

Unable to imagine anyone who couldn’t benefit from this book. A really positive and constructive way in what we truly should prioritise in our approach to both thinking and learning

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Thought-provoking insights into rethinking

A comprehensive insight into rethinking and it's importance in life. With numerous examples, insightful science and debunking of past knowledge, it's clear Adam Grant himself has undertaken a lot of 'rethinking' in drawing together the numerous strands of this interesting and powerful act!

While some issues were perhaps given too much content, this clearly is a subjective view, yet none-the-less the journey of discovery to be had by reading this book is enjoyable, helpful and insightful.

For me, the epilogue left 'food for thought' on a subject I have explored often throughout my professional career when coaching individuals and personally too. Looking forward to the next instalment in Adam's 'series' which, while he would not necessarily say this is, reading his other books and his own 'confessions' in rethinking his previous assertions, I sense there is much more to come.

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Not biased in any way

loved it, I love having debates with people and this helped me explain that love!

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great book

really thought provoking, well narrated with lots of science studies , research and stories to support the flow of the book.

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  • 03-03-21

Best book I’ve read this year!

Think again taught me so much about the thinking process and how we operate in our life. With scientific insights, this book is like binge-watching a TED talk series! A MUST read for everyone. That’s it. Go, get it!
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  • 20-02-21

A Great Conversation

Listening to Adam Grant always feels like a really good conversation to me. I thoroughly enjoyed the topics in the book and even though not all of it was new to me, sometimes it's enough to hear old truths in a new perspective. I would recommend this book to any person who wants to have a more fulfilling life and wants to be open to possibility.