Originals Paperback – 9 February 2017 by Adam Grant (Author), Sheryl Sandberg (Foreword)

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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, bestselling author of LEAN IN

      Reading ORIGINALS made me feel like I was seated across from Adam Grant at a dinner party, as one of my favorite thinkers thrilled me with his insights and his wonderfully new take on the world. ― Malcolm Gladwell

      After launching hundreds of businesses―from airlines to trains, music to mobile, and now a spaceline―my biggest challenges and successes have come from convincing other people to see the world differently. ORIGINALS reveals how that can be done and will help you inspire creativity and change. ― Sir Richard Branson

      This extraordinary, wildly entertaining book sheds new light on the Age of Disruption. What does it take to make a meaningful difference? And how can you apply this insight to your own life? By debunking myths of success stories, challenging long-held beliefs of process, and finding commonality among those who are agents of profound change, Adam Grant gives us a powerful new perspective on not just our place in the world, but our potential to shake it up entirely. ― JJ Abrams, director of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, co-creator and executive producer of Lost, and cofounder of Bad Robot

      Adam Grant is one of the great social scientists of our time ― Susan Cain, author of QUIET

      About the Author

      Adam Grant is an organizational psychologist at Wharton, where he has been the top-rated professor for seven straight years. A #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of TED’s most popular speakers, his books have sold more than 2 million copies and been translated into 35 languages, his talks have been viewed more than 25 million times, and his podcast WorkLife has topped the charts. His pioneering research has inspired people to rethink their fundamental assumptions about motivation, generosity, and creativity. He has been recognized as one of the world’s 10 most influential management thinkers and Fortune‘s 40 under 40, and has been honored with distinguished scientific achievement awards from the American Psychological Association and the National Science Foundation.

      SHERYL SANDBERG is chief operating officer at Facebook and international best-selling author of Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. Prior to Facebook, she was vice president of Global Online Sales and Operations at Google. She previously served as chief of staff for the United States Treasury Department and began her career as an economist with the World Bank. She received B.A. and M.B.A. degrees from Harvard University. Sandberg serves on the boards of Facebook, The Walt Disney Company, Survey Monkey, ONE, and Women for Women International, and chairs the board of LeanIn.Org.

      Dimensions 12.9 × 2.03 cm
      Publisher ‏

      ‎ WH Allen (9 February 2017)

      Language ‏

      ‎ English

      Paperback ‏

      ‎ 336 pages

      ISBN-10 ‏

      ‎ 0753548089

      ISBN-13 ‏

      ‎ 978-0753548080

      Item Weight ‏

      ‎ 240 g

      Dimensions ‏

      ‎ 19.7 x 12.9 x 2.03 cm

      Country of Origin ‏

      ‎ United Kingdom

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      10 reviews for Originals Paperback – 9 February 2017 by Adam Grant (Author), Sheryl Sandberg (Foreword)

      1. Bernie Gourley

        This book looks at how creative thinkers come to be and how some are able to excel in large organizations. With respect to the origin of outside-the-box thinkers, it presents research findings such as how one’s position in the family pecking order influences creativity – or lack thereof (First children tend to be strait-laced and standup comedians are disproportionately the youngest.) But the second question may be more important, as non-conformist creatives are inherently at odds with large institutions — entities that have major inertia and risk-adversity. So, the book addresses how and why some non-conformists get heard, while others can’t get traction.The book is interesting. While – as one would expect – it uses many cases from the business world (Warby Parker, Segway, etc.,) it doesn’t exclusively do so, but also draws from government and entertainment. The case of how the “Seinfeld” tv show got picked up and became a phenomenon is a prime example.I found this book to be fascinating and thought-provoking.



      3. Devashish Sharma

        Adam grant is nothing like your usual self help writer. his writing is very much factual and easier to understand.

      4. Venkatesh C

        Crystallizes life experiences into bite sized maxims.Uses real world relatable stories to explain those maxims.Has ideas that can be immediately applied in all walks of life.Relevant if you are a student, single, married, professional,artist, home maker or any such roles.The single most impactful book I have read so far.

      5. Sanjay

        Book was nicely packaged and was only in a good condition for reading.There was small damage on one edge but it wasn’t easily noticeable.Book is one of the bests for business enthusiasts and interested readers.I bought this after reading Zero to One by Peter Thiel. After that I chose this book after reading about Peter Thiel and his recommended books.Hope you like it.

      6. KJ

        Adam attempts to surprise people with counter intuitive conclusions and insights. Unfortunately, there aren’t many brand new revelations. If you have been reading psychology and behaviour either in books or in a curriculum, you may have come across a lot of content that is given in this book. The truly original parts are where Adam deconstructs ‘groupthink’ and ‘playing the devil’s advocate’. What I take away from this book is that you are never really given easy ‘rules of thumb’ in life. They are rules until they aren’t. The answer to most questions of life is ‘it depends’. This book is definitely worth a read especially if you don’t have a recent MBA from one of the world’s best business schools or if you aren’t particularly updated on organisational behaviour.

      7. srinath pydimarri

        I loved the originality and diversity of Adam’s research, and more importantly how he then connected it to how we could improve our lives in a simple and powerful manner. There are so many lessons to take for folks in the corporate world!

      8. Wrik

        No comments on the contents of the book – it’s a bestseller. But the delivery by Cloudtail India Private Limited (CIPL) is pathetic. Refer to the attached image and you’ll see a wide crease along the length. And not just this book, CIPL is pretty bad at handling books in general.

      9. Ian Mann

        The child prodigies do no better than their less endowed peers from similar backgroundsThe sub-title of this book, “How Non-conformists Change the World”, does describe one aspect of this book. However, its value to business people lies elsewhere. Let me explain.As I have quoted previously in this column, “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.” (Mark Twain). There is much about investing in businesses, that so many believe, that simply isn’t true. It is the insights into this area that make this a ‘business book’, and not only a book of sociological interest.Author Adam Grant is a charismatic, Wharton Business School professor, who has gathered sound research and pithy accounts, to make the case against many accepted truths about investing in businesses. Where this has particular relevance, is the direct investment into your own or others’ businesses.Let’s start with the young. Despite what we might expect from child prodigies, they rarely change the world as they grow up. Studies of history’s most distinguished and influential people show them not to have been unusually gifted children. The child prodigies do no better than their less endowed peers from similar backgrounds, at coming up with ideas or companies that advance business or the world. “They become doctors who heal their patients, without fighting to fix the broken systems that prevent many patients from affording health care in the first place.”Economists find that as teenagers, successful entrepreneurs were nearly three times as likely as their peers to break rules and defy their parents, skipping school, shoplifting, gambling, drinking alcohol, and smoking marijuana.So who are the brave who venture out into uncharted territory, and produce the break-through es and products? Surprisingly, they tend not to be that brave.Most investors would never put their hard-earned money into businesses where the founders won’t commit fully. Yet, the best founders, rarely commit fully.Just before Warby Parker (an American brand of prescription glasses and sunglasses sold online,) launched in 2010, Grant advised the founders to focus every waking hour on making their project a success. “We’re not sure if it’s a good idea and we have no clue whether it will succeed, so we’ve been working on it in our spare time during the school year,” they told him.With this response, Grant declined to invest in the business because the founders didn’t have enough skin in the game. The company went on become a “unicorn” – valued at over $1billion.A study of over 5,000 Americans in their twenties, thirties, forties, and fifties who became entrepreneurs, showed that those who kept their day jobs had 33% lower odds of failure, than those who worked in their business full-time. The risk averse and self-doubters are more likely to build a business that will last.Another study of over 800 entrepreneurs and employed adults, asked participants to choose one of three ventures they would prefer to start. The entrepreneurs were significantly more likely to choose the safest one.“Former track star Phil Knight (founder of Nike), started selling running shoes out of the trunk of his car in 1964, yet kept working as an accountant until 1969 when he went into Nike full-time. After inventing the original Apple I computer, Steve Wozniak started the company with Steve Jobs in 1976, but continued working full-time in his engineering job at Hewlett-Packard until 1977,” Grant reports.Seeing a gap in the market caused by something that aggravates users or raises costs unnecessarily -alone – is not always a strong sign of opportunity. Many failed businesses have held this popular view at the expense of their shareholders.Consider that “before women gained the right to vote in America, many had never before considered their degraded status as anything but natural,” Grant points out. Before the internet bubble burst, it felt “natural” to go to a bricks and mortar store to select anything from books to clothing to food to videos. Many start-ups learned this lesson the hard way, burning investors’ money, and crashing.It took the success of stores such as Amazon and Zappos before enough people were comfortable to buy products they typically didn’t order online.What are the criteria for judging the success of a new opportunity? The Segway was forecast to be wild success, but failed. Seinfeld was expected to fail, but turned out to be a wild success.Across all disciplines, psychologist Dean Simonton noted, those with the greatest volume of work, had the highest number of influential or successful ideas. For example, Bach wrote over a thousand pieces in his lifetime, and three were rated among the 50 greatest pieces of classical music by the London Philharmonic Orchestra. So were six of Mozart’s 600, and five of Beethoven’s 650. Edison produced 1,093 patents, but only a handful of truly great inventions. The conclusion is surely that with great ideas, quantity is the best predictor of quality.Why did Dean Kamen, founder of the Segway, and a prolific inventor, fail? Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos, and John Doerr all thought it would succeed, and invested in it.The best way to judge ideas, ours and others, is clearly to get feedback at each stage of development from the right people. Kamen was so concerned that someone might steal his ideas, that he had a strict secrecy policy.However, not anyone’s feedback is valuable – ‘the wisdom of crowds’ is only wisdom in specific contexts. The best quality feedback will always come from colleagues in the field. “Comedians often say that the highest badge of honour is to make a fellow comic laugh; magicians like fooling audiences but live to baffle their brethren,” Grant points out.The Segway’s early investors simply didn’t know enough about transportation – a key cause of the Segway’s failure. What would one do with a Segway that cannot be locked, had no carrying capacity, couldn’t be used on pavements, and was simply too expensive as a… well, toy? “To accurately predict the success of a novel idea, it’s best to be a creator in the domain you’re judging,” Grant warns.Aside from the collection of interesting narratives, there are some very valuable business pointers that justify including this book in your library.Readability Light -+— SeriousInsights High –+– LowPractical High —+- Low*Ian Mann of Gateways consults internationally on leadership and strategy and is the author of Strategy that Works.

      10. Wally Bock

        Being Original is a learnable skill — start with this bookAdam Grant titled his book: Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World, but that’s not exactly right. Here’s how he describes what it means to be original in this book.“Originality itself starts with creativity: generating a concept that is both novel and useful. But it doesn’t stop there. Originals are people who take the initiative to make their visions a reality.”The good news is that originality is not a fixed trait. Like many other things in life, you can develop your skills and get better over time.That’s what Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World is about. If you’re interested in being more original, or in making a contribution to the world, or in having a more satisfying life, this book will help you. The core of Originals is made up of eight chapters.Creative Destruction: The Risky Business of Going Against the GrainBlind Inventors and One-Eyed Investors: The Art and Science of Recognizing Original IdeasOut On a Limb: Speaking the Truth to PowerFools Rush In: Timing, Strategic Procrastination, and The First Mover DisadvantageGoldilocks and The Trojan Horse: Creating and Maintaining CoalitionsRebel With a Cause: How Siblings, Parents, and Mentors Nurture OriginalityRethinking Groupthink: The Myths of Strong Cultures, Cults, and Devil’s AdvocatesRocking The Boat and Keeping It Steady: Managing Anxiety, Apathy, Ambivalence, and AngerThere’s also a section called “Actions for Impact.” It’s an excellent overview of the material in the book with good advice on how to put what you’ve read about into practice.Brand New InsightsI identified two kinds of insights in the book. The first were, if you’ll pardon the expression, “Original.” Here are a few.I learned that a sense of security in one realm of life makes us able to take risks in another realm of life. Those risk-taking entrepreneurs aren’t risk-takers all the time. Instead, they and we maintain a kind of risk portfolio. That made perfect sense when I read it, but I’d never thought of things that way before.I found many insights in this book about judging and presenting ideas. I’ve spent most of my adult life as a writer and speaker, but the book produced several “aha!” moments.There are lots of insights on parenting. They’re the sort of thing I wish I had known decades ago. Now I plan to pass them on to my children who have children of their own.If you’re in business and looking for the people who can make your business go and grow there’s lots of good advice for you. Read about the hiring blueprints (professional, star, and commitment) and how they work (or don’t) in different situations.Insights that Deepened UnderstandingThere are also lots of insights here that deepened my understanding. Grant describes things that match my experience, but by describing them and analyzing them, he added the “why” to make my experience and understanding richer. Here’s one example in a quote from the book.“Research demonstrates that it is the most creative children who are the least likely to become the teacher’s pet.”That was me. I was the kid that was always coming up with a new idea about how to do things, and I most definitely was not my teachers’ pets. After reading Originals I understood the situation better than before. Here’s another example.I’ve known for years that it wasn’t necessarily an advantage to be the first mover in an industry. What Grant added for me was some of the reasons why.A Small QuibbleI only have a quibble with one part of the book, and it truly is a quibble, not a major issue.Grant describes how some originals procrastinate creatively. My quibble is that I don’t call what he describes “procrastination.” For me, “procrastination” is delaying something you should be doing right now. What Grant describes is a way of working. Here’s the quote where I pick my nit.”When we bemoan the lack of originality in the world, we blame it on the absence of creativity. If only people could generate more novel ideas, we’d all be better off. But in reality, the biggest barrier to originality is not idea generation— it’s idea selection.”Actually, my experience and research say that often the problem occurs between idea generation and idea selection. People generate novel ideas all the time. What sets originals apart is that they’re good at capturing the ideas that they get. Ideas are like butterflies on the wind. If you don’t capture them, they’re gone in an instant.You have to capture ideas so you have a big pile of ideas to play with. The more you have the more likely you are to have an excellent idea and you increase the number of possible connections between ideas.When I start working on a project, I start capturing ideas as I get them, using my trusty voice recorder. The ideas wind up in a file in no particular order. Over time, the file grows and I start seeing some connections.When I’m ready to start concentrated work I have a lot of stuff that I can use. Often, I put the key ideas on index cards and move them around until they start to make sense. Or I write a “zero draft” to get more ideas and find out where I need research or clarification.Sometimes it just doesn’t work. I can’t see how to turn the ideas into writing. Then I consign them to my writing compost file. See my post, “Post or Compost” to see how that works.One More ThingThere’s one more thing you should know. This book is a delight to read. The stories are mostly original and well-told. By original, I mean that they’re not the stories you see in just about every other business or self-help book. In addition, they’re supported by solid research, and many times the story that’s being told is the story of the research itself.This review appeared first on my Three Star Leadership blog.

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