Book of the year winner

Originals

Originals: how non-conformists move the world by Adam Grant

Review by Anoop Maini FCMI

“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man"

From opening on this quote, Adam Grant attempts to provide a treatise on how to become the unreasonable man or an ‘Original’. Grant is an over-performing academic from Wharton – with experience in advertising and investment, he is now regarded one of the 40 top business professors in the world under 40.

Grant provides a range of often-counterintuitive yet insightful tips, underpinned by stories. For instance, he identifies that people who procrastinate, have more creative ideas on average. Or the idea that entrepreneurs are often not risk takers, but are risk minimisers. Of course, they may be heading to a new destination with their idea, but they focus on ensuring that each step carries as low a risk as possible. Grant also asserts that Originals are often NOT ‘right more of the time’, but instead they have a greater volume of work from which the successes become very big. The book is interesting in that is draws on examples from the old world and the new, from Shakespeare and Da Vinci to online eyewear pioneers and medical devices. 

It debunks the myth that Originals are “other” people. It shows that anyone can be an Original and gives hope and tools on how this might be realised. A valuable book for both ambitious managers and students who are starting out there careers.

5 stars a ‘must read’ for any manager or leader.