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Adam Grant

Think Again (HB)

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Adam Grant examines the critical art of rethinking -- how questioning your beliefs and knowing what you don't know can lead you to success at work and hapiness at home. We need to spend as much time rethinking as we do thinking. We refresh our wardrobes every year, renovate our kitchens every decade, but never update our beliefs and our views.

Our ways of thinking become habits that we don't question, and mental laziness leads us to prefer the ease of old routines to the difficulty of new ones. In a rapidly changing world, we need to spend as much time rethinking as we do thinking. Think Again is a book about doubt, and about how we can get better at embracing what we don't know and the pleasure of being wrong. Evidence has shown that creative geniuses are not attached to one identity, but constantly willing to rethink their stances and that leaders who admit they don't know something and seek critical feedback lead more productive and innovative teams.

New evidence shows us that rethinking can be taught. Grant sets out how to develop the necessary qualities to do it. Section 1 explores why we struggle to think again and how we can learn to do it as individuals, arguing that 'grit' alone can actually be counterproductive. Section 2 discusses how we can help others think again through learning about 'argument literacy'. And the final section 3 looks at how schools, businesses and governments fall short in building cultures that encourage rethinking.


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