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Think Again

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A fascinating, well written and interesting read. I liked how the book was written and it made me think about a lot of thing we do and how we think. It’s an engaging and funny book at times that doesn’t feel ‘too heavy’ to read and take in what’s being said. The only thing for me is that it’s written by an American and some of the references [ people, sport, places] when over my head-  maybe the British version could have different references ha ha.

It’s the first time reading the writer and I liked his thinking. Yes lots of things could be argued in it but life’s too short so lets take from it what is useful and thought provoking and move on.

I feel it will be a book I will return to and read again.
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I was interested in this book as I have spent a lot of my working life with overconfident people whilst being less confident myself - despite my lack of confidence  I ended up in a high paying job and took early retirement- many of the confident people did well whilst others bombed.
Grant suggests that people need to be flexible, willing to admit mistakes and seek feedback. 
Lots of advice and practical guidance here on how to adapt, improve and rethink situations and challenges.
I found this book interesting and enjoyable , full of good examples to demonstrate key learnings/ strategies.
Recommended. 4 Stars ⭐️ 
Thanks to Netgalley for allowing me to read this book in return for a fair review.
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Adam Grant's new book, Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know (Penguin Random House), tackles one of the biggest challenges we face today: how to overcome biases and keep an open mind.

Grant, a professor at The Wharton School, backs up the insights shared in Think Again with academic research from organizational psychology and related disciplines.

Besides writing really well for a non-technical audience, he has a knack for finding interesting and unusual stories to illustrate key concepts.

Matt Shirley's charts add a great visual touch to the book.

Think Again is worth reading more than once, but Grant has made it really easy to benefit from his book by summarizing 30 practical takeaways in an "Actions for Impact" section the at the end.
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This book made me rethink how I think! In other words, I really enjoyed it. It took me a little while to get through, I'm not a psychologist or anything close, but I did find the language and tone used really accessible. Definitely a lot of thoughts and feelings to take away from this view, certainly a different perspective of looking at things.
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It took me a while to read this book. I am not a psychologist or social scientist but found it interesting and sometimes amusing.

Basically, Adam Grant is presenting how we often fall into repeating behaviours and opinions over time, even when presented with evidence that contradicts our beliefs and should cause us to "think again". However, we often dig our heels in rather than allow the possibility that - heaven forbid - we might be wrong.

This book encourages us to look in a different way at how we make choices, factor in risk, practise what Grant refers to as "confident humility" and learn to be endlessly curious. Often, being wrong can actually help us improve ourselves and open us to new possibilities.

Yes, it has a lot of technical terms that you will need to reference, but it is honest and engaging - and I love the last chapter where he shows his own rethinking process and summarises key points.

This book is a good example of reading something that would otherwise have fallen outside my radar. I'm glad to have read it and will attempt to apply some of the principles.

I was sent an advance review copy of this book by Random House UK, Ebury Publishing, in return for an honest appraisal.
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Rethinking - art or skill?  Whichever, this book will cause you to stop and reflect.  It promotes a growth mindset. I would have liked some suggestions that dealt with how we could all "rethink", worked examples if you like.

Approach with an open mind and be surprised.  See the shades of grey, not just the black and white.

With thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley.
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Enjoyed this one. I felt like there was something missing though, something I needed to love it. Well thought out plot and easy to read.
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Apologies, I did not download this file in time before it was archived, and I've only realised that now when it has been placed in Archived-Not Downloaded.
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It seems these days people are becoming polarised, stuck in the trench of their opinions and unwilling to listen or accept other views. This is prominent in politics, especially in the USA, where the majority of votes follow party lines. This wasn't always the case, but the explosion of social media and politicised news broadcasting has formed echo chambers where non-opposing, dissenting views are rarely heard. People are losing the skill of having nuanced conversations, and therefore aren't changing their minds on important issues.

Adam Grant's Think Again discusses how this can be avoided. By seeking out information that goes against your views, engaging and asking questions of people who disagree, and frequently challenging and questioning your own opinions, you can adjust your thoughts.

The book is well researched, well structured and fun to read. Recommended.
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An impressive and convincing book about how we should reassess the way we should make decisions, have conversations, and, approach the way we work. I found many of the arguments that Grant makes persuasive and the heaviness of the topics covered was broken up with humour. Highly Recommended.
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Think again, Adam Grant suggests to us with the title of this book. It is a provoking idea, and I found myself constantly pausing throughout to consider my current patterns of thought and how this affects my behaviour and interactions with those around me. There are plenty of graphs and examples to ponder, and his writing style is accessible and straightforward. He challenges us to consider what we know, and if in fact what we know is correct, and how to admit it if we aren't. Apparently, we sometimes think we know more than we think we do; he poses a few questions, which, when answered, prove the point!

It challenges one to be open to different points of view, both personally and professionally, and how this can improve relationships in both spheres. The chapter on debating, for me, was particularly interesting. 

WIth thanks to Net Galley and the publisher for the copy in return for an honest review.
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I really enjoyed this book! I can identify with the need to question our beliefs. As an entrepreneur I had become accustomed to making quick decisions about situations and especially people that with hindsight may have sometimes been unjust. We had a very good reputation for reacting quickly and decisively to problems, and that can become a habit. Now older and hopefully wiser I am more inclined to see shades of grey where previously black and white defined the choices.

It doesn't change the need to make decisions but it might help to change the way you arrive at them. This book should be on everyone's shelf.
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The best book I’ve read in ages. Imagine if Steve jobs hadn’t OK’ed the iPhone - what would the world be like?! Great insight into why we need to challenge the way that we approach the world. Fascinating real life stories sprinkled throughout really bring the messages here to life.
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Thank you very much to Random House UK for the ARC.
In Think Again, Adam Grant examines the critical art - or is it a skill - of rethinking. As a reflective practitioner of many years, this book reaffirmed my deeply-held beliefs in humility and a growth perspective.
It is very well-researched and thought-provoking. Think Again will stimulate your reflection about what a better future might look like for you. My only criticism in that regard is the lack of 'how to' examples.
Think Again challenges you in many ways, so be prepared to read it with an open mind.
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Adam Grant is very convincing both on why we should remain flexible in our thinking and also how to do it. Very accessible and enjoyable, and would recommend highly.
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This book is about the power of re-thinking: questioning our opinions and giving ourselves the freedom to be wrong (and acknowledge it). I'll start by saying that this is not a new topic for me, and that I have done some research on it as part of my own academic career.
It is clear that the author did a lot of research to write this book, which I appreciated. There are a lot of examples, but what I find lacking (not just in the book, but in this area of research as well) is the how-to.
For example, we hear about examples of people that were able to re-think their actions and how they benefitted from it, and we hear about how a teacher can make their students develop this capacity, and how leaders/managers can also develop this capacity in their offices. But how about the individual who is no longer a student (so, can't benefit from such great teachers and develop these capacities) or who is not a manager (so we have to wait for our managers to open the door to these options)? How do we go about doing this when we've been conditioned our whole lives to do "what others did before"? My issue with this book is the lack of solutions/suggestions for the everyday citizen who wants to do this but doesn't know where to start.
Yes, we need to be comfortable admitting we're wrong and stepping up and calling out others when we think they are wrong and nobody else will speak, but I think the book trivialises the real consequences that this attitude may bring about, and the fact that this is not something that can be started from the bottom.

Having said that, this book is accessible to anyone that is interested in the topic, and there are some good pointers and calls to action that are worth considering.

Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know by Adam Grant examines the act of thinking and conversation in relation to the acquisition or relinquishment of ideas. In other words, this is a book that goes into what it takes to change or retain strong opinions. It also looks at what we think we know versus what we actually know. The author also extols the importance of flexibility and the merits of not being wedded to what beliefs we hold most dear as a means of evolution of self and organisational innovation.

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THE BOOK
The author's use of research in buttressing his points is what makes this book intriguing. With various examples, he highlights what we stand to lose when we do not open our minds to new ideas. The book also lays out how to treat opposing ideas and ways of communicating with people who are attached to them.

The writing style here is accessible and not stuffed with jargon. Anyone with a passion for knowledge would be able to get good value from this work without being bogged down by technical writing.

WHAT I DISLIKE
Think Again is a bit too long. While repetition is a good technique to drive points home, it can be overused. Unfortunately, this is the case here. I also noticed that there are a few examples that are drawn out for too long, covering more than 20 pages when just 10 might do.

WHO IS IT FOR
Think Again is for any adult with a vision of advance themselves in various aspects of life.
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Out with consistency and in with rethinking. It's time to question and rethink everything that we do. Develop a growth mindset and look forward to a better future. Thought provoking.
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I was very happy to receive early access to Adam Grant’s new book Think Again releasing today in the US and on Thursday in the UK. In Think Again Adam Grant invites his readers to rethink their positions and ideas. He is not writing to change opinions on any specific topic but rather to help people change their approach to thinking. He argues that we should all be more open to changing our minds and that this should not be perceived as a lack of conviction or self-confidence but rather as a different kind of intelligence.  In the book, he goes through many examples of the benefits of rethinking. A firefighter saved his own life when faced with a raging wildfire by disregarding everything he was taught to do, a doctor in Canada has convinced many families of the benefit of vaccines by changing his approach to debate; a new approach to journalism could diminish polarizations. As always, Adam delivers valuable insight with this new book. I highly recommend it.
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A wonderful book on reframing our
narrative and teaching us the power of re-thinking,
questioning our opinions and assumptions and
allowing ourselves to explore the surprising joy that
comes with discovering we were wrong :) Backed with
data, Grant uses helpful stories of people who've
derived huge benefits from changing longstanding
perceptions and embraced new ideas, and views. Be
curious, be humble, stay open and flexible and open
the door to more meaningful and personally fulfilling
opportunities and experiences.
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