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Originals Audiobook

Originals: How Non-Conformists Change the World

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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to improve the world by championing novel ideas and values that go against the grain, battling conformity and bucking outdated traditions.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

What the Critics Say

"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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    Chris Brady 22/03/2017
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    "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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Maricar Damayo 15/09/2017
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Gorton 30/06/2017
    Chris Gorton 30/06/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    raph 12/06/2017
    raph 12/06/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "good read."

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

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    Justin 15/03/2017
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    "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 28/12/2016
    karen 28/12/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "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?

    no


    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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    27/05/17
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    "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
  • Mrs B
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    3/05/17
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Frederick
    7/02/17
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    "Interesting book"

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

    Fred Sanders narration 👌

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pad de Braye
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    24/01/17
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    "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
    5/08/16
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    "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

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Alan Fitzgerald
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    16/06/17
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    "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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    8/09/16
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    "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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