The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know
by Adam Grant
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Pub Date 6 Feb 2021 | Archive Date 2 Mar 2021
Random House UK, Ebury Publishing, WH Allen
We need to spend as much time rethinking as we do thinking.
Why do we refresh our wardrobes every year, renovate our kitchens every decade, but never update our beliefs and our views? Why do we laugh at people using computers that are ten years old, but yet still cling to opinions we formed ten years ago?
For too many of us, our ways of thinking become habits that we don't bother to question, and mental laziness leads us to prefer the ease of old routines to the difficulty of new ones. We fail to update the beliefs we formed in the past for the challenges we face in the present. But in a rapidly changing world, we need to spend as much time rethinking as we do thinking. Think Again is a book about the benefit of doubt, and about how we can get better at embracing the unknown and the joy 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 as a mindset and a skilllset, rethinking can be taught and Grant explains 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.
In the end, learning to rethink may be the secret skill to give you the edge in a world changing faster than ever.
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Totally eye opening. As a teacher I can see how this school of thought could actually change the world. Many of mankind’s mistakes have been repeated time and time again due to old fashioned thinking. This book encourages all to think again and change what out core values are: to challenge what we think and rethink things. I am going to do this every day. It’s so important to stop and rethink what you think- Chantelle. What you think you know and become a better person.
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.
This was an interesting and thought provoking book. It deals with the ability to re think the situation, and several examples are given, notably theone where a white supremacist was persuaded to change his mind by a comment from a black musician who asks something along the lines of "why do they hate me, when they don't know me," The many benefits of rethinking are examined and also the ways in which one person can influence another to rethink, such as listening, not preaching. A forecaster is also analysed to see where he scored such a high rate of successful predictions, and the odds of them coming about. This is only part of the book ie the things I found most memorable about it. A good read.