Book Review – Think Again

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Adam Grant, author of Think Again, The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know, is described as an organizational psychologist and an expert on opening other people’s minds–and our own.  He is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Originals and Give and Take, both books I enjoyed immensely.

From his website: You’ll learn how an international debate champion wins arguments, how a Black musician persuades white supremacists to abandon hate, how a vaccine whisperer convinces concerned parents to immunize their children, and how Adam has coaxed Yankees fans to root for the Red Sox.

I really appreciated how Adam talked about how we approach our current knowledge in our lives when we are faced with conflicting information (either opinions or facts). He describes how we fall into one of the following roles: a Preacher, a Prosecutor or a Politician.

As you can imagine, in preacher mode we tend to evangelize our point of view. As a prosecutor, we press against the other points of view. As a politician, we strive to straddle the fence without giving up our current position.

It’s easy to see how this could apply to many of our current world issues, including political ones. Adam does a nice job of not making this political, but instead talk about the power in recognizing those roles in ourselves, and instead thinking more like a scientist.

Adam’s advice in learning to question your opinions and ideas on how you can open other people’s minds can really position you for excellence in your work environment and lead to greater wisdom in your life.

I happen to be a big “vision” guy, and one of my favorite comments in the book was, “Visions for change are more compelling when they include visions for continuity.” It can be easy to think of a grand vision for yourself or your team, but without a way to sustain that vision, it will be tough to get buy in from those you lead (or hope to influence).

I really enjoyed this book. The stories were entertaining and compelling and the advice, especially in today’s environment, was quite helpful in approaching facts and opinions that seem to surround us.

Rob’s Rating system (bolded, the rating is)
Buy now at full price (Yes, it’s available on the Nook and Audible)
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If you’ve read my review, you got the gist of it

Interesting quote: “Think Again is a must-read… In an increasingly divided world, the lessons in this book are more important than ever.” –Bill and Melinda Gates

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