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Publisher's 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to improve the world by championing novel ideas and values that go against the grain, battling conformity and bucking outdated traditions.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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Most topics covered were good

first half of the book was more interesting than the second half. the topics of sibling orders and political revolutions seemed to take the book in a different direction

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awesome.

This is a magnificent book to read and gain insight. a must read for professionals

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An honest attempt - But don’t read it as prescriptive

Originals is an honest attempt at a different kind of business book.

It tries to share the reasoning and psychology behind behaviours of people who are Original. It does a fairly good job of it, by delving into different examples and aspects. Dissecting them to explain the context and patterns that occurred for the resulting originality.

In the first 3/4th of the book, the examples were valid and well presented, though sometimes too dragged like the Segway example. The other examples, specially of Martin Luther King Jr, Bridgewater were well presented and used.

Originality is so contextual and subjective that it is difficult to serve up a recipe for it. However, if you don’t read the book as prescriptive, but as a story, you will go back with enough ideas and thoughts, that can be applied and experimented with.

All in all, a good attempt at a difficult subject. I would recommend that you read it.

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Boring

Found the book quite slow and it doesn’t get to the point, rather keeps going on and on.

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Simply amazing.

One of the brilliant books on goals, thinking, idea, entrepreneurship. This is a "Must read"

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Think different Moto

This book teaches you think differently to bring out new ideas but bit boring stories.

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Welcome questions, challenge the defaults

Most of the Ideas referred are familiar, still it's original as whole. To prove a few cases the author has given away too many examples making it lengthy.

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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
  • 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.

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  • Roy Cohen
  • 05-01-21

A Phycological approach to Originals

This book start very well and is enjoyable as well as informative. But it is not life changing or thought provoking, very informative on a phycological level.

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  • 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

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Ex-Ordinary Life
  • 27-05-17

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
  • 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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  • Frederick
  • 07-02-17

Interesting book

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

Fred Sanders narration 👌

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  • gfsh
  • 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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  • Lisa White
  • 01-01-20

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.

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  • A Wang
  • 25-12-19

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.

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  • Pad de Braye
  • 24-01-17

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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  • Phillip
  • 12-11-20

Super Enjoyable

Brilliantly narrated by Fred Sanders, some great information and scenarios that Is applicable to business and life:)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-08-20

love it

The book changes my perceptions on many issues and encourage me to challenge the old believe

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  • Nathan
  • 21-06-20

Loved it

It's a great book. Reaaaaaaaaaly gets you thinking in a way you didn't know possible!!

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  • Bo
  • 02-03-19

not for conformists

a great book that gives some insights into thinking differently. for those that aren't afraid to go against the status quo and try something new. shows some great case studies for how to think and do different.

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  • Chris Brady
  • 22-03-17

Interesting read

I started this book as a sceptic. So many books these days espouse the virtues that we are all 'special'.

I was refreshed to read the author's pragmatic approach to bring a 'practised' rather than a 'born' original.

Great read

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-12-20

worthwhile

this is insightfull and well researched. definitely worth the read to expand your own horizons

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-09-20

startet out good, but...

i did like the voice of the reader, but suddenly the book changed, i was like being back in school. not my type of book. but i guess lots of people will like it.

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  • Ryan
  • 13-09-20

great book great read

challenging in its own way. validating in some points. very interesting and intriguing research and its outcomes. definitely top book for me this year and something I'm already implementing with my day to day approach

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  • Craig Pywell
  • 12-07-19

Intriguing.

Intriguing, fascinating, eye opening.
For those of us that love the world and want to help. For the rest of you, pray that we are out there,.... somewhere...!

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  • AmiraPigglet
  • 18-04-19

Some wonderful concepts and interesting examples but...

For non-Americans, some of the examples were a little long-winded and non relevant. The key is to grasp the concepts of how to be original and how to inspire creativity rather than the context in given.

Overall, the book has was well researched and provided great learning potential for people of ages.

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  • Michael H
  • 30-03-19

Fantastic book, well researched and easy to read.

A powerful book that shows many of the normal ways we have to be creative are wrong. The information in this book uses solid research to show how anyone can be more original and innovative.

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  • Joanna
  • 13-06-18

Some interesting thoughts, but unnecessarily long.

there were a few useful tidbits but I'm not convinced it was worth the time. narrator was extremely slow, I played at +25% speed.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-04-18

i really liked the examples

the examples and case studies used in this book really helped to clarify the theory and illustrated the points of the text.
i found this book insightful and helpful- especially liked the chapters about what books to read to your kids