Summary of Originals

How Non-Conformists Move the World

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Originals book summary
You can learn to be both original and effective.


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Respected Wharton School professor, consultant and best-selling author Adam Grant raises fascinating questions about originality and creativity in the workplace. The primary theme he explores through studies, anecdotal evidence and business histories is how someone original can perform effectively within an organization. Even the most fluid, forward-thinking companies – or at least those self-described as forward thinking – can resist originality. Your success depends on how you present your original ideas, especially if they don’t fit the type of originality your particular firm endorses. Grant depicts illustrative examples of creative thinkers who turned their original ideas into functioning reality. He shows a rare understanding of how organizations squelch originality and how deft, tactical and strategic the original thinker must be to thrive.

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About the Author

The Wharton School’s top-rated professor Adam Grant, PhD, also wrote the bestseller Give and Take. He consults for top companies and writes for The New York Times. Grant earned his Ph.D. in organizational psychology and is a former junior Olympic springboard diver and magician.

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