Originals - Adam Grant


By Adam Grant

  • Release Date: 2016-02-02
  • Genre: Management & Leadership
Score: 4
From 286 Ratings


The #1 New York Times bestseller that examines how people can champion new ideas in their careers and everyday life—and how leaders can fight groupthink, from the author of Hidden Potential, Think Again, and the co-author of Option B

“Filled with fresh insights on a broad array of topics that are important to our personal and professional lives.”—The New York Times DealBook

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, COO of Facebook and author of Lean In

With Give and Take, Adam Grant not only introduced a landmark new paradigm for success but also established himself as one of his generation’s most compelling and provocative thought leaders. In Originals he again addresses the challenge of improving the world, but now from the perspective of becoming original: choosing to champion novel ideas and values that go against the grain, battle conformity, and buck outdated traditions. How can we originate new ideas, policies, and practices without risking it all?
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; how parents and teachers can nurture originality in children; and how leaders can build cultures that welcome dissent. Learn from an entrepreneur who pitches his start-ups by highlighting the reasons not to invest, a woman at Apple who challenged Steve Jobs from three levels below, an analyst who overturned the rule of secrecy at the CIA, a billionaire financial wizard who fires employees for failing to criticize him, and a TV executive who didn’t even work in comedy but saved Seinfeld from the cutting-room floor. The payoff is a set of groundbreaking insights about rejecting conformity and improving the status quo.


  • Well researched and put together

    By AidaLone
    This book was interesting and insightful. It’s very well researched and jam packed with insightful and inspiring stories. Great read. Adam is amazing.
  • Organizational psychology at its best

    By Herman212
    Stories contained lessons of organizational psychology that is meaningful and easy to learn and comprehend. A truly enjoyable book for someone who is keen to understand how humans interact in professional environments and how to improve in making yourself more successful under those conditions.
  • High hopes, falls flat

    By Henny357
    Very interesting premise, very poorly executed. Could have delved into the stories of original figures and how their unique perspectives allowed them to shape our world. Instead, the author chooses to examine seemingly orignal people with a very dry and uninteresting dissection of their bahaviors.
  • Good ideas but dreadfully boring

    By Asya1
    I really really wanted to like this book more but it's deadly boring. It's good, it has very good insights and clever ideas but it's deadly boring.
  • Text book or research paper type of read

    By Juand2803
    The books starts of to be very engaging with excellent stories and examples of original pioneers, settlers, executives, etc. However, as you move on the the book feels more like a text book or research paper which disengages the reader.