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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to improve the world by championing novel ideas and values that go against the grain, battling conformity and bucking outdated traditions.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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  • Ex-Ordinary Life
  • 05-27-17

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Mrs B
  • 05-03-17

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
  • 02-07-17

Interesting book

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

Fred Sanders narration 👌

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  • Rich
  • 02-02-18

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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  • gfsh
  • 01-05-18

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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  • Giovanni Padilla
  • 10-19-17

Very helpful.

It comes with multiple examples so it is really easy to comprehend. I would recommend you to speed up the audio.

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  • Pad de Braye
  • 01-24-17

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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  • Mark H
  • 08-05-16

Brilliant!

Some great stories and some fascinating research woven together in a compelling manner. Great insights for leaders, managers, entrepreneurs and parents and much of it contrary to today's prevailing wisdom

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  • Alan Fitzgerald
  • 06-16-17

A far cry from inspirational.

In the hope of finding something ORIGINAL, I struggled on to the end of this poor regurgitation of others works, even the attempt to place Sheryl Sandberg (whom I greatly admire as a business woman) on a pedestal as one of the greatest champions for women's suffrage is just a repeat of Lean In. I guess if she tells people often enough there are those who will begin to believe it eventually.

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  • 09-08-16

Was forced to make this review early

BUT GET THIS! If you are a creative artist or designer or creator... GET IT!

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Chris Brady
  • 03-22-17

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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  • Maricar Damayo
  • 09-15-17

Insightful Observation with Practical Application

Very informative book expressing patterns of human behaviour supported by substantial data. Extremely useful for those who are curious of understanding the why and applying the how in certain social and work situations.

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  • Chris Gorton
  • 06-30-17

Good, week spoken and importantly useful challenge

Really enjoyed the book. Felt like it challenges me and opens my views. at no time did it feel like a lecture where the author was "right" but rather, here is an idea to consider.
Narrator was very good.

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  • raph
  • 06-12-17

good read.

It was enjoyable and informative. some stuff was pretty damn enlightening. would highly recommend to anyone.

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  • Justin
  • 03-15-17

easy to follow, easy to listen

as per subject line. Adam Grant's writing style is easy to digest and is accompanied by a great voice of expression and seemingly genuine interest in the topic.

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  • karen
  • 12-28-16

A book you'll listen to again and again

What did you like most about Originals?

The stories and insights

What did you like best about this story?

wide variety of stories and advice

Have you listened to any of Fred Sanders’s other performances? How does this one compare?

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Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes

Any additional comments?

great to give away as hard copy as well