In his deeply practical and science-backed book, the world’s leading organisational psychology expert, and four-time New York Times bestseller, Adam Grant, explains how keeping an open mind is a teachable skill – and one that can help us thrive in work and life.
Intelligence is usually seen as the ability to think and learn, but the world as we know it has forced us to rethink our most basic assumptions: in an unprecedented global pandemic we have all had to rapidly re-evaluate our understanding of health and safety; multiple acts of police brutality have challenged us to urgently revise our responsibility to fight racism; and a post-Brexit UK means we must reconsider our political framework.
As an organisational psychologist, Adam Grant is an expert on opening other people’s minds, and our own. He is one of the world’s most-cited, most prolific, and most influential researchers in business and economics, and, as Wharton’s top-rated professor, his research is sought-after by global powerhouses such as NASA and the Gates Foundation.
Research shows that the smarter you are the more you might struggle to update your beliefs, yet some of the most successful people, from entrepreneurs to politicians, all have one thing in common – the ability to think like scientists – to continually question their beliefs, and to embrace being wrong.
In Think Again, Grant uses real-life case studies, the latest scientific research and 30 practical takeaways to explain how to develop our individual, interpersonal and collective rethinking skills, including how to:
Harness the surprising advantages of impostor syndrome
Avoid getting stuck in past beliefs, and embrace the joy of being wrong
Bring nuance into charged conversations (e.g. politics or climate change)
Rethink your own future, and teach children how to be lifelong learners
In Think Again, Grant shows how an international debate champion wins arguments, a Black musician persuades white supremacists to abandon hate, a vaccine whisperer convinces anti-vaxxers to immunize their children, and how he, himself, has coaxed two opposing sports teams to root for the other side.
Grant’s TED Talks have been viewed over 25 million times, and his expertise at distilling and communicating complex research into practical, useable terms has given him a dedicated global audience with nearly 4 million followers on social media. Think Again reveals that we don’t have to believe everything we think or internalize 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.
FURTHER PRAISE FOR THINK AGAIN
‘Wise, frank, and funny; a fabulous book about how to think more clearly and more kindly. THINK AGAIN offers a spellbinding mix of storytelling and ground-breaking research – we urgently need this book right now’ – Tim Harford, bestselling author of How To Make The World Add Up
‘Adam Grant makes a compelling case that if we have the humility and curiosity to reconsider our beliefs, we can always reinvent ourselves. THINK AGAIN helped me learn about how great thinkersand achievers don't let expertise or experience stand in the way of being perpetual students’ – M. Night Shyamalan, director of THE SIXTH SENSE and SPLIT
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Adam Grant is an organizational psychologist, Wharton's top-rated professor for seven straight years, and the New York Times bestselling author of three books that have sold over a million copies and been translated into 35 languages. He hosts the TED original podcast ‘WorkLife’, which in the spring of 2018 reached #1 on the Apple charts. He has been recognized as one of the world's 10 most influential management thinkers, Fortune's 40 under 40, a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, and he has nearly 4 million followers on social media. He also curates the ‘Next Big Idea Club’ along with Susan Cain, Malcolm Gladwell, and Dan Pink, handpicking two new books each quarter for subscribers and donating 100% of profits to provide books for children in under-resourced communities.
Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know by Adam Grant is published by WH Allen and is on sale now.
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