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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Viking (Feb. 2 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525429565
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525429562
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 2.7 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
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New York Times non-fiction bestseller
Maclean’s Non-Fiction Bestseller

Praise for Originals:

“This extraordinary, wildly entertaining book sheds new light on the Age of Disruption. What does it take to make a meaningful difference? And how can you apply this insight to your own life? By debunking myths of success stories, challenging long-held beliefs of process, and finding commonality among those who are agents of profound change, Adam Grant gives us a powerful new perspective on not just our place in the world, but our potential to shake it up entirely.”
—JJ Abrams, director of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, co-creator and executive producer of Lost, and cofounder of Bad Robot

“After launching hundreds of businesses—from airlines to trains, music to mobile, and now a spaceline—my biggest challenges and successes have come from convincing other people to see the world differently. Originals reveals how that can be done and will help you inspire creativity and change.”
—Sir Richard Branson, founder of The Virgin Group

Originals is a fascinating, eye-opening read that will help you not just recognize your own unique gifts, but find the strength to challenge conventional wisdom to bring them to life. Using surprising studies and riveting stories, Adam Grant brilliantly shows us how to champion new ideas, bust persistent myths that hold us back and change not only our lives, but our world.”
—Arianna Huffington, cofounder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, and author of Thrive

“It can sometimes seem as if one must learn everything old before one can try anything new. Adam Grant does a masterful job showing that is not the case; we are lucky to have him as a guide.”
—Peter Thiel, cofounder of PayPal and Palantir, and author of Zero to One

“An urgent must read, a seminal work that will surprise you on every single page. Adam Grant has reset our expectations for what it means to be creative and what's required to make a difference. Share it with someone you care about.”
—Seth Godin, author of Linchpin

Praise for Give and Take

 
“As brilliant as it is wise, this is not just a book—it’s a new and shining worldview. Adam Grant is one of the great social scientists of our time, and Give and Take is brimming with life-changing insights.”
—Susan Cain, author of Quiet
 
Give and Take is a truly exhilarating book—the rare work that will shatter your assumptions about how the world works and keep your brain firing for weeks after you’ve turned the last page.”
—Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive and To Sell Is Human
 
“I love Give and Take, which shows that givers get ahead and nice guys don’t finish last.”
—Arianna Huffington, author of Thrive and president of the Huffington Post Media Group
 
“Now shaking up the business world: science that may change the way the world does business.”
—Willie Geist, Today show 
 
“Adam Grant’s Give and Take is an excellent book. Hard work, luck, and talent are important, but giving makes the difference.”
—Alex Stubb, prime minister of Finland
 
Give and Take is like a fundamental outline as to how to be successful. . . . Highly recommended read.”
—Ashton Kutcher, actor, director, and technology investor
 
Give and Take is a very interesting book. . . . I can’t put it down.”
—Ryan Seacrest, host of American Idol
 
Give and Take just might be the most important book of this young century. As insightful and entertaining as Malcolm Gladwell at his best, this book has profound implications for how we manage our careers, deal with our friends and relatives, raise our children, and design our institutions. This gem is a joy to read, and it shatters the myth that greed is the path to success.”
—Robert Sutton, author of The No *sshole Rule and Good Boss, Bad Boss

About the Author

Adam Grant is Wharton’s top-rated teacher. He has been recognized as one of HR’s most influential international thinkers, BusinessWeek’s favorite professor, one of the world’s forty best business professors under forty. Grant was tenured at Wharton while still in his twenties and has been honored with the Excellence in Teaching Award for every class he has taught. His first book, Give and Take, was a New York Times bestseller translated into twenty-seven languages and named one of the best books of 2013 by Amazon, Apple, the Financial Times, and the Wall Street Journal—as well as one of Oprah’s riveting reads, Fortune’s must-read business books, Harvard Business Review’s ideas that shaped management, and the Washington Post’s books every leader should read. His speaking and consulting clients include Google, the NFL, Merck, Goldman Sachs, Disney Pixar, the United Nations, and the U.S. Army and Navy. He serves as a contributing op-ed writer for the New York Times and was profiled in a cover story by its magazine. Grant earned his Ph.D. in organizational psychology from the University of Michigan and his B.A. from Harvard College.

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Grant`s objective in the book; is to better enable society, to develop and encourage new ideas. Most new ideas and innovations, are rejected by mainstream society. Why does this happen? How can we create an environment, that fosters original thinking? These are the type of questions, that Grant addresses throughout the book.
Grant lists all sorts of examples, of new ideas and insights. He explains the hurdles people overcame, to have their ideas excepted. He analyzes the entire process . He identifies how a new idea, eventually becomes a widely excepted practice. Then he makes all sorts of suggestions, on how to improve the process.
Grant has clearly targeted the business audience. However, this book also appeals, to a much wider readership. For example, Grant also includes advice for parents and teachers. This will help parents and teachers, that want to encourage the creative thinking process.

The book is jam packed with information. Make sure to have your highlighter pen at the ready. This was an enjoyable read and offered many new insights.
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Dr. Adam Grant is a professor at the Wharton School, and an up-and-coming public intellectual. Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World features endorsements from no less than 3 billionaires on the book’s cover (Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook, Richard Branson of Virgin Group, and Peter Thiel of Palantir Technologies).

Indeed, this book received an extraordinary level of buzz, including a long excerpt in the New York Times. So is there anything to it?

Happily, there is. In a series of fascinating chapters, Grant debunks common myths about the nature of originality – that it is only the young who are creative; that people’s first spontaneous ideas are the most original; that there is an early adopter profile that is common to creative thinkers; that originals follow their gut instincts, etc.

He illustrates that being a non-conformist is a lot harder than it may seem. As Dr. Ronald Inglehart and the World Values Survey demonstrate, the drive to be a conformist, to re-present past habits and traditions, and to re-present what we have learned from others is deeply ingrained. From an evolutionary point of view, it increases our chances of survival to learn from past successes and mistakes, as they have been communicated to us by our parents, our ancestors and other members of our local community. So if we are told by our elders that a number of people who ate pork died, and that we should abstain from pork, the prudent reaction is to avoid pork. And if we are told that a member of our tribe was killed by a member of a different tribe, then it makes sense to avoid strangers and to marry within one’s own tribe. Moreover, as Nietzsche observes:

“An important species of pleasure, and thus an important source of custom, originates in habit.
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Grant`s objective in the book; is to better enable society, to develop and encourage new ideas. Most new ideas and innovations, are rejected by mainstream society. Why does this happen? How can we create an environment, that fosters original thinking? These are the type of questions, that Grant addresses throughout the book.
Grant lists all sorts of examples, of new ideas and insights. He explains the hurdles people overcame, to have their ideas excepted. He analyzes the entire process . He identifies how a new idea, eventually becomes a widely excepted practice. Then he makes all sorts of suggestions, on how to improve the process.
Grant has clearly targeted the business audience. However, this book also appeals, to a much wider readership. For example, Grant also includes advice for parents and teachers. This will help parents and teachers, that want to encourage the creative thinking process.

The book is jam packed with information. Make sure to have your highlighter pen at the ready. This was an enjoyable read and offered many new insights.
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Useful, easy to read, full of stories book. Applicable to all people in a position of "management" or aspiring to be in one.

Have you ever wondered how Ray Dalio seems to have a crystal ball that predicts market movement and makes his Bridgewater Associates hedge fund one of the most successful in the world? The "secret" of his company's success is culture and believe me, prepare to be surprised when you read about it.

This is what made this book great, it had unexpected results revealed by research and presented in a fun to read manner.
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There are many great books out this year on leadership, creativity and ideas. If you have to choose one, I recommend this book. Great, practical and fresh ideas.
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