Originals by Adam Grant


Originals: How Non-Conformists Change The World looks to give groundbreaking insights about rejecting conformity and how to change the world 

“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

David Bowie’s passing last month prompted myriad essays heralding how the megastar blazed trends and challenged status-quo thinking throughout his life. The Thin White Duke could easily have appeared in Originals: How non-conformists move the world, the new book by 34-year-old academic wunderkind Adam Grant.

Celebrating those business ‘outsiders’ who don’t fit the Gucci-suited go-getter archetype, Originals suggests we can learn from dissenters such as an Apple employee who challenged Steve Jobs, a billionaire who fires employees who fail to criticise him and an entrepreneur who begins pitches by highlighting reasons not to invest.

Such maverick spirit must resonate with successful business leaders, as the likes of Sir Richard Branson, Sheryl Sandberg and Arianna Huffington have all lined up to lavish praise on Originals in its foreword. Set to be one of 2016’s most discussed business books.

Originals, published by Viking, is out now

About the author

Adam Grant has been recognized as Wharton’s top rated teacher for four straight years, one of the world’s twenty-five most influential management thinkers, one of HR’s most influential international thinkers, and one of the world’s forty best business professors under forty. His speaking and consulting clients include Google, the NFL, Johnson & Johnson, Goldman Sachs, Disney Pixar, the United Nations, the U.S. Army and Navy, and the World Economic Forum, where he has been recognized as a Young Global Leader. He also serves as a contributing op-ed writer on work and psychology for the New York Times. Grant earned his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and his B.A. from Harvard College. He is a former magician and Junior Olympic springboard diver.


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