Surprising Habits of Original Thinkers

July 15, 2016.
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Surprising Habits of Original Thinkers

Adam Grant. Professor at the Wharton School of Business and the school’s top rated teacher for the past four years in a row. PhD in Organizational Psychology. Author of two best-selling books translated into 34 languages.  He is also a former magician and junior Olympic springboard diver.

Grant was given a standing ovation for his February 2016 TED talk featured here—which provides interesting and surprising insights as to the habits of original thinkers and successful entrepreneurs.


TED February 2016 3.5M views

The talk is focused around his latest book, Originals: How Non-conformists Move the World.

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Published in February 2016, the book is currently a No.2 Amazon best seller which explores how individuals champion new ideas—and how leaders can fight group thinking.

Think you know what it takes to be original?  Then take Grant’s original thinking self-assessment quiz to find out! The quiz has 15 questions and only takes about five minutes—many questions are not what you would expect! You can take the quiz by clicking here.

Grant’s first book, Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success—was published in 2013, after years of studying the dynamics of success and productivity in companies.

His research changed conventional thinking about motivation and success. Give and Take was named one of the best books of 2013 by Amazon, Apple, the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal—and featured in the Harvard Business Review of ideas that changed management.

Grant’s clients include Google, Merck, Pixar, Facebook, Johnson & Johnson, the United Nations and others. His articles have been published in over 60 publications.

For more information visit Adam Grant’s Web site:

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