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The best-selling author of Give and Take and Originals examines the critical art of rethinking: learning to question your opinions and open other people's minds, which can position you for excellence at work and wisdom in life.

Intelligence is usually seen as the ability to think and learn, but in a rapidly changing world, there's another set of cognitive skills that might matter more: the ability to rethink and unlearn. In recent months, the pandemic has forced us all to reevaluate our assumptions about health and safety and multiple acts of police brutality have challenged most of us to reconsider our responsibility for fighting racism. Yet in our daily lives, too many of us still favor the comfort of conviction over the discomfort of doubt. We listen to opinions that make us feel good, instead of ideas that make us think hard. 

We see disagreement as a threat to our egos, rather than an opportunity to learn. We surround ourselves with people who agree with our conclusions, when we should be gravitating toward those who challenge our thought process. The result is that our beliefs get brittle long before our bones. Intelligence is no cure, and it can even be a curse: there's evidence that being good at thinking can make us worse at rethinking. The brighter we are, the blinder we can become to our own limitations. 

As an organisational psychologist, Adam Grant has spent his career exploring how we can open other people's minds - and our own. As Wharton's top-rated professor and the number one New York Times best-selling author of Originals and Give and Take, one of his guiding principles in life is arguing like he's right but listening like he's wrong. 

With bold ideas and rigorous evidence, he investigates how we can embrace the joy of being wrong, harness the surprising advantages of impostor syndrome, bring nuance into charged conversations about abortion and climate change, and build schools, workplaces and communities of lifelong learners. 

You'll learn how an international debate champion wins arguments, a Black musician persuades white supremacists to abandon hate, a vaccine whisperer convinces anti-vaxxers to immunise their children, and how Adam has coaxed Yankees fans to root for the Red Sox. 

Think Again reveals that we don't have to believe everything we think or internalise everything we feel. It's an invitation to let go of views that are no longer serving us well and prize mental flexibility, humility and curiosity over foolish consistency. If knowledge is power, knowing what we don't know is wisdom.

©2021 Adam Grant (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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Hold your horses!

Great book- I’m going to read again to extract more finite details.
The reason i said ‘hold your horses’ is because there is early mention, of God. And if you’re like me, you dont want to read a Bible bashy book. But ‘hold your horses’ don’t stop reading/ listening, it’s one mention and is not bible based. It’s scientific and physical.
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Academia for idiots

Another faux intellectual book to make suburban mums feel intelligent. Lots of obvious examples and short stories but not a lot of depth. This book literally could have been the size of an email, however you'll probably get a kick if you've literally never applied critical thinking before. Which now that I'm writing this it feels this book was probably written for you anyway. Look elsewhere if you are easily bored.

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Loved it

The journey Adam Grant takes you on as he explores the importance of thinking again has it all. Through compelling stories he reveals useful career, business and self-help concepts, to help you avoid catastrophe and enjoy the process of thinking things over again.

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This is horrible

I don’t understand how this book has such good reviews…

It is a collection of pointless short stories, That if you have been around long enough you would likely already be familiar with. Yes they can be a little tantalising, but the analysis is so shallow you’ll be left largely unsatisfied.

Adam Grant acts as a role of debater, looking at various cases from each side of the bench, but moves on to the next story before any substances reached. All examples are Presented as if they are revolutionary insights, it’s like Listening to a student read out their high school essay.

I got half way before I had to give up. I normally can listen to anything and see it all the way through, but not this.

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Thinking again about Think Again

Adam Grant has a great storytelling approach. There again, I might need to think again.

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Now I know what I don't know!

I listened to this in one 'sitting'.

I walked, cooked, did a jigsaw and just sat and listened to Adam.

I highly recommend this book if you like being right or are surrounded by people who like being right!

We need more humility, curiosity and acting like a scientist to reset our thinking about our next stage of life.

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Rethinking a life learnt

Adam is an exceptional tinkerer, and think again helped me gain perspective in my life of business, family and mental health. Not only will it help you navigate your internal monologue, but it will show you that the direction of flow only needs to be one rethink away from a successful pivot.

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A collection of stories with little depth

I really wanted more out of this book. It's a collection of brisk ideas and short stories rather than a step by step method of how to re-think. If your looking for something a bit more scientific or methodical look elsewhere.

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A must read for curious people

If you're the sort of person that's continuously thinking about problems and need a way to frame it or rethink your assumptions, this book is for you!

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Best listen in a long time!

loved it all, especially the last section on learning cultures. As an educational leader I loved the framing of knowing what you don't know. Alignment with developing inquiry mindset. I no longer use the phrase 'best practice' either. Thank you Adam. 🙏

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  • Mark Hayter
  • 14-11-2021

An amazing read!

Everyone in education sound read this book! It will change the way you think as a teachers and give your student a totally different learning experience, creating a better world for us all!

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  • 10-08-2021

Rethinking has become a lost skill

Rethinking with a purpose in a Scientific method is just not given enough significance. Ive been challenged to try and rethink but with real practical guidelines.

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  • 13-05-2021

Provoking and colourful

It is good practical look at how you can redefine your thinking, yourself and your influence.

Adam Grant also conveys his intended humour brilliantly through the reading!

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  • J. Cochrane
  • 02-05-2021

The antidote to a polarised world

Great to hear the author present his research and ideas in his own voice and own emphasis. And I especially appreciated this was not about being right but how to advance and progress wisdom - both individually and collectively.

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  • mcleansibanda
  • 28-04-2021

Think Again

loved it - learned a few things and highly recommended for leaders in times of uncertainty and change

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  • Carsten Korch
  • 24-03-2021

Adam Grant has done it again!

I’ve read (listened) all of Adam’s books and as usual he not only enlightened me, but he also reminded me of the importance to stop up and RETHINK what I (we) do to ensure we’re not just running with “business as usual”, but always are looking for the best and optimized solution.

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  • Steve
  • 24-03-2021

Life is complex

Grant has helped me understand the complexity of life and taught me to be a more active listener; now to make it a habit.
See complex problems through a prism, not as two sides of a coin.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-03-2021

Best book I’ve read this year!

Think again taught me so much about the thinking process and how we operate in our life. With scientific insights, this book is like binge-watching a TED talk series! A MUST read for everyone. That’s it. Go, get it!
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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-02-2021

A Great Conversation

Listening to Adam Grant always feels like a really good conversation to me. I thoroughly enjoyed the topics in the book and even though not all of it was new to me, sometimes it's enough to hear old truths in a new perspective. I would recommend this book to any person who wants to have a more fulfilling life and wants to be open to possibility.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 31-03-2021

Could've been a blog

Concepts are very simple, basically exactly as the title reads. Think again by using questions and a different attitude

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  • Amanda P
  • 31-07-2021

This did not make me think again

Before I started this book, I understood how important it is to never assume, to question everything and to keep learning in order to grow and develop. I thought this book would go deeper into this, it did not. The book was extremely disappointing. and I did not feel I learnt anything. The author states the obvious throughout and gives anecdotal evidence, which is difficult to transfer to a broader range of situations. I could not listen to the end.

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  • belkin
  • 15-05-2021

not a book for self doubters

The book was a dissappointment. Partly because my expectations were high. It was recommended by people I admire. And maybe partly because the book advocates avoiding excessive self-confidence and trodden paths, whereas I naturally doubt myself and my own strategies. There were definitely some good ideas in the book. I liked the section on debating. A useful takeaway is that successful debaters always start by emphasising what they and their oponents agree about and only then state their differences. Secondly, you do not need 20 points supporting yiur position. It is better to have 2 or 3 but elaborate better on those. A good idea was in the epilogue: schedule time not only for doing things, but for thinking and rethinking.

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  • John
  • 18-02-2021

Genuinely thought provoking

Unable to imagine anyone who couldn’t benefit from this book. A really positive and constructive way in what we truly should prioritise in our approach to both thinking and learning

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-09-2021

Anecdotes anecdotes anectodes

I feel like I’ve just listened to someone who loves hearing his own voice and just continues talking without having anything new to say after the first chapter. Happy to have this book behind me now…

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  • M. Mubanga
  • 02-04-2021

Excellent

Learned a lot from this book and would recommend it to my friends and network

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  • vital_asbo
  • 22-01-2022

Pocket life/career coach

I like when the book is read by its author. The ideas are expressed as sincere as possible.
the book helps to reevaluate your approaches in life.

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  • Emergency777
  • 19-01-2022

Excellent practical advice

This book is really well written and provides thoughtful approaches to rethinking our assumptions. The idea of “thinking like a scientist” by testing our opinions as a hypothesis and running them through experiments is something I’ll start incorporating.

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  • fcarouge
  • 09-01-2022

Outstanding book

Adam Grant takes us to another journey into questioning on how we can all think better.
Also an excellent book to remind of all the different biaises backed up with scientific evidence. One of the best book read to date.

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  • Stephen M.
  • 17-12-2021

Nothing to see here

I was a little disappointed by this book. I follow Adam on social media and really enjoy his content, but almost every analogy, concept and learning in this book is in other books I've read. It reads like a book written by someone who's read a lot of books on motivation and self awareness and then just pushed it back out. Its ok, but wouldn't be recommending it to any other than those who have never read one of these type of motivational books in the past.

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