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Originals

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to improve the world by championing novel ideas and values that go against the grain, battling conformity and bucking outdated traditions.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

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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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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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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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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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
  • 02-03-2019

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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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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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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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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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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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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  • wes
  • 27-05-2018

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
  • 03-10-2018

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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 16-08-2019

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
  • 27-05-2017

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
  • 03-05-2017

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
  • 07-02-2017

Interesting book

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

Fred Sanders narration 👌

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  • gfsh
  • 05-01-2018

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
  • 24-01-2017

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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  • Lisa White
  • 01-01-2020

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
  • 25-12-2019

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-12-2019

Up and down

The concepts in this book are great and often piqued my curiosity, making me reflect on how I live my life. The start and the end of the book grabbed me the most, and this alludes to my up and down title, as there were a few times when I almost didn’t finish the book, as for me it dragged in places. The first few chapters and the last few chapters were the strongest for me, and I know that I’ll revisit some of the concepts touched on. I particularly liked the section on reframing fear, nervousness, and how our minds/body work in regards to emotions I found particularly interesting, and it’s something that I’ve often tried to work on. Instead of trying to stop the feeling of fear and nervousness by “calming” down the book suggested reframing it to excitement and then outlined the science and research to support the action, by reframing it your body and mind “apparently” becomes more focused as the chemical make up to fear and excitement are similar so it’s a more natural transition than trying to stop the feeling altogether. The author explains it better, but it made a lot of sense while I was reading it.

In the earlier chapters, the book shares some excellent food for thought for entrepreneurs and the likely hood of success if you stay at your day job while building your business vs leaving your job and just going for it. According to the research shared people who stayed in their job/current situation while building their business tended to have more successful business in the long term. The example used being the founders of Google, Sara Blakey the founder of Spanks and the three college students who started Warby Parker.

Thinking back over the book now I think I’d give it a solid 3/5 some great concepts but sags a bit in the middle for me.

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  • AGGELOS IOAKIMIDES
  • 01-07-2019

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
  • 20-06-2019

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.