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Originals

How Non-Conformists Change the World
Narrated by: Fred Sanders
Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
Categories: Business, Management
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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to improve the world by championing novel ideas and values that go against the grain, battling conformity and bucking outdated traditions.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

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" 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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  • cape town, Western Province, South Africa
  • 05-27-18

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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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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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
  • 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.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • AGGELOS IOAKIMIDES
  • 07-01-19

In a practical way introduced by story

Many examples to present practical solutions to psychological traits that innovation. Using the paradigm; I will tell you what, I tell you, I tell you what I have told you. In the end there is a list James

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  • Gia Nguyen
  • 06-20-19

Fun, but a bit cheesy

This book doesn't have a strong message or anything. It sums up interesting studies about creativity. The facts are fun to know but it feels like a collection of blog posts.

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  • Ben Twinley
  • 05-31-19

Full of powerful insights and techniques

Full of great stories and examples of powerful minds. I have implied a lot of the techniques I picked up from this book in my day to day life and it has helped me be more productive and improve relationships in and out of the workplace.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-23-19

Excellent book

Great narration. Packed full of interesting and useful gems. Highly recommended. I learnt a lot from this book.

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  • Sreekanth Karangi
  • 03-08-19

better to be a blog.

better to be a blog than a book. common examples. had to skip many sections as it was boring.

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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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  • Craig Pywell
  • 07-12-19

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
  • 04-18-19

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
  • 03-30-19

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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  • Bo
  • 03-02-19

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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  • Joanna
  • 06-13-18

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
  • 04-19-18

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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-08-18

a must read for everyone...

wonderful book. Full of great ideas and originality...but I think the book fall into the trap of trying to convincing the readres by using too many, unnecessary and lengthy examples, hence became a bit commercial, I gues.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-19-18

A fantastic insight into fostering creativity

This book looks at behavioural psychology, creatives and those who do things differently and distills their actions into practices others can follow to be and encourage more original thinking.

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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.