“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, bestselling author of Lean In
The New York Times bestselling 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to improve the world by championing novel ideas and values that go against the grain, battling conformity, and bucking outdated traditions.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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Organisational psychologist Adam Grant makes a strong case for nonconformism as the key to professional success—and he moves beyond the usual CEO suspects for his case studies. Whether he’s illustrating the value of procrastination with the story of how Martin Luther King Jr. rewrote his “I Have a Dream” speech at the last minute or arguing that employees who use Chrome or Firefox are more creative than those who stick with the preinstalled browser, Grant’s writing style reminds us of Malcolm Gladwell’s intellectual playfulness. Fred Sanders’ narration is crystal clear even if you’re listening at higher speed. He kept us engaged throughout this insightful, thought-provoking business guide.