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Embracing Change: Adam Grant's "Think Again" Challenges the Comfort of Conviction

A Closer Look at the Cognitive Flexibility Essential for Today's World


Reviews & Trends Magazine has profiled Adam Grant, upon the release of his bestselling book, as an author and influencer in books and print media.


REVIEWS & TRENDS MAGAZINE: BOOK + PRINT MEDIA

April 28, 2024


In a time marked by rapid shifts and persistent uncertainty, the ability to reassess our own beliefs is not just useful—it’s essential. This is the premise of "Think Again," the latest book by organizational psychologist Adam Grant, whose previous works and academic endeavors have positioned him as a leading thinker on the dynamics of the workplace and personal success.


"Think Again," a #1 New York Times Bestseller, delves into the critical art of rethinking: learning to question your opinions and, crucially, to open your mind to the ideas of others. This skill, Grant argues, can lead to not only excellence in our professional lives but also wisdom in our personal lives.


Grant, a distinguished professor at Wharton and a celebrated author, builds on his substantial body of work, which includes notable titles like "Hidden Potential," "Originals," and "Give and Take." His expertise lies in unpacking the complex behaviors that define our interactions and determine our success in various domains.

The book critiques the comfort many find in holding fast to convictions, suggesting that this often stems from a preference for agreement over the rigors of debate. It's a human tendency to listen more eagerly to opinions that affirm our own rather than those that challenge us to think deeper. Grant points out that this does not just stiffen personal growth but can also lead to societal stagnation.


Through a series of compelling narratives and backed by rigorous evidence, Grant illustrates how we can cultivate the joy of being wrong. He explores various environments, from schools to workplaces to communities, where being open to rethinking can foster not just continuous learning but also a more profound communal understanding and respect.


For example, Grant shares insights from an international debate champion who has mastered the art of persuasive disagreement, a musician who has changed the hearts of hardened supremacists, and a healthcare professional who has effectively addressed vaccine hesitancy.


The underpinning message of "Think Again" resonates with the need for a cultural shift towards valuing psychological flexibility—a trait that Grant not only advocates for but also embodies. As he often encourages, arguing like you're right but listening like you're wrong is a philosophy that, if more widely adopted, could lead to significant societal progress.


In "Think Again," Grant offers not just a roadmap to personal improvement but a lens through which to view the world anew. It’s an invitation to let go of outdated views, to embrace the unknown, and to value flexibility over futile consistency. If knowledge is power, then understanding what we don't know is the path to true wisdom, a notion that could redefine how we approach challenges and opportunities in an ever-evolving world.


For those looking to navigate this landscape with agility and insight, "Think Again" is a timely guide, emphasizing that the real test of intelligence is not how much we know how to do, but how we adapt when the foundational knowledge of yesterday no longer applies to the challenges of tomorrow.


 

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