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Another good example of leadership from Adam Grant. I enjoyed the simple, well presented and logical advice from Adam. This is something all leaders should read, comtempla and begin making time to think again. The advice on difficult conversations is invaluable as is the concept of a challenge network. Great read, I was challenged continuosly and will read and reread.
If you’re struggling with mediocre team performance or wondering how to equip your child for the ever-changing world, rush out and grab this book. “The power of knowing what you don’t know” is an apt summary of the contents. I have not encountered a book on an abstract topic that is such a captivating read. The author strides through the different types of thinking in various contexts, such as individual, interpersonal, and collective thinking. He effectively guides the reader to consider the possibility of “thinking about how we think”. By removing impulsive responses, rethinking our position, then considering alternative views, and, when appropriate, refining our perspective will improve outcomes and enhance relationships. Adopting various approaches to interactions, such as a preacher or prosecutor mode, is likely to alienate our position; however, adopting a curious and scientific approach to proposals from others will increase collaboration and the prospects of consensus. Adam Grant underscores this standpoint with constructive observations on the remarkable success of teams, with individuals who are comfortable with a high degree of divergence in opinion. They have an ability to gain unanimity by a scientific approach of questioning, considering all proposed alternatives then agreeing on the optimal solutions. This contrasts with current norms where teams often have a dominant individual whose ideas are adopted as the group falls in line, ceding to position power. The ability to fully utilise the diversity of knowledge and opinion is compelling. Adam Grant has exciting insights on education for parents, highlighting the advantages of delivering an environment filled with continuous review and improvement processes. The mundane delivery of facts via lectures is removed with future generations collaborating and reviewing ideas within a team setting. The focus on process rather than the individual will serve them and society far more effectively. Rethinking how we interact has the power to open up paths that accumulate, distil and distribute the collective greatness of individuals and teams and offers a viable alternative to the extreme polarization of the modern world. In the must-read category – a few times and then share with those around you!
Amazing book by Adam. Once again Adam managed to provide yet another valuable book. I've learned a lot from this book and will implement that in my teaching and supervision. Every person needs to read it and the examples and instances are easy to follow. His writing is so effective that it leaves you no choice to rethink your assumptions in your daily life. Highly recommend it!
Adam Grant delivers another extraordinary book. The case studies and stories are compelling and illustrate brilliantly how we need to pause and think more like a scientist when it comes to our opinions.
Asking ‘how’ we have come to an opinion is far more important than asking ‘why’ we hold a belief. That insight alone has the potential to de-escalate polarized conversations. I think. At least, for now.
Great checklist for re-thinking at the end. And the footnotes themselves are a good read!
In the book “Think Again” Adam Grant takes us through the process of why, in life we need to think about our brief systems, our confidence in certain subjects and use this in business as well as our social life. If we all thought more deeply, while we might agree to disagree, maybe thinking again would help us understand other people better.
Some of you may recall the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster on February 1, 2003, when the Space Shuttle Columbia (OV-102) disintegrated as it reentered the atmosphere, killing all seven crew members. Without going into the some of the detail technical details, some of the tiles on the outside of the shuttle fell off when it took off. But this had happened before and so people thought "so what? they have fallen off before, why does it matter?" In this case the result of the tiles falling off was fatal.
Adam also talks about the Dunning–Kruger effect which is a cognitive bias where people will overestimate their ability. Adam goes onto say "If we're certain that we know something, we have no reason to look for gaps and flaws in our knowledge - let alone fill or correct them.”
Adam also talks about research where rival American Football teams worked together to try and create a level of co-operation after generations of ingrained rivalry and aggression.
I really enjoyed this book. It reminded me that we should never stop learning no matter how old we are. It’s wise and healthy to keep evaluating all the things you believe are true. Life is all about flow and renewal. Nothing is really fixed forever - including our strongly held opinions and beliefs. This book helps to see why. It helps us to become more authentic.