Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World

Viking. Feb. 2016. 336p. illus. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780525429562. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780698405776. BUS
Originals are people with creative ideas that defy the traditional, but when their visions are made reality the world is improved. Grant (Class of 1965 Wharton Professor of Management, Wharton Sch., Univ. of Pennsylvania; Give and Take) thoroughly outlines his goals for the book, including at the beginning of each chapter a statement of purpose so readers have clear expectations. The author cites research and studies in a wide variety of fields to emphasize points and presents information in an entertaining and readable manner. According to Grant, the factors that lead to success include volume of work, birth order, coalition formation, fighting Groupthink, and the difference in strategy between a young genius and an old master. Even procrastination plays a role, as being a "first mover" can have definite disadvantages. While originals may have a battle to make the world a better place, Grant includes many examples, ideas, and encouragements for those who wish to try. He concludes the book with 30 practical actions to unleash originality.
VERDICT No matter whether the reader is an original or a wannabe, this book is enjoyable and full of useful information. [See Prepub Alert, 8/24/15.]
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