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Think Again

Think Again

The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know

Book - 2021
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"The bestselling author of Give and Take and Originals examines the critical art of rethinking: learning to question your beliefs and to know what you don't know, which can position you for success at work and happiness at home. The difficulty of rethinking our assumptions is surprisingly common-- maybe even fundamentally human. 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, that leaders who admit they don't know something and seek critical feedback lead more productive and innovative teams, and that our greatest presidents have been open to updating their views. The new science of intellectual humility shows that as a mindset and a skillset, rethinking can be taught, and Grant explains how to develop the necessary qualities. The first section of the book explores why we struggle to think again and how we can improve individually, and argues that such engines of success as "grit" can actually be counterproductive; the second section discusses how we can help others think again through the skill of "argument literacy"; and the third looks at how institutions like schools, business, and governments fall short in building cultures that encourage rethinking. In the end, it's intellectual humility that makes it possible for us to stop denying our weaknesses so that we can start improving ourselves."--
Publisher: [New York, New York] : Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2021]
Copyright Date: ©2021
ISBN: 9781984878106
Branch Call Number: 153.42 G7671T 2021
Characteristics: 307 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm


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Adult Nonfiction. “The bestselling author of Give and Take and Originals examines the critical art of rethinking: learning to question your beliefs and to know what you don't know, which can position you for success at work and happiness at home. The difficulty of rethinking our assumptions is su... Read More »

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Apr 07, 2021

A series of anecdotes and lessons authored by @whartonschool professor @adamgrant , Think Again raises some great points on the arts of scientific thinking and open-mindedness, including: ⁣⁣
🥝 People often fall prey to a fallacy known as the 3P’s: Preachers, Prosecutors and Politicians. ⁣⁣
When our beliefs and opinions are countered, we often go into defense mode and act as preachers (trying to convert the other side to our beliefs), prosecutors (finding fault with their opinions) and politicians (maneuvering for public approval). Rather than actually listening to the other side and having meaningful dialogue, we have created our own mental echo chamber. ⁣⁣
🥝 While research shows those who are willing to change their opinions in face of counter evidence are more likely to succeed, society expects leaders to be convicted so much that people like Steve Jobs are often lauded as “stubborn.” This dichotomy between public discourse and research results shows a disparity between reality and expectations. ⁣⁣
🥝 People with higher IQ are more likely to fall for stereotypes, since they are better at pattern recognition, whereas people with lower EQ are more often confident in their beliefs. ⁣⁣
I had paused and recorded helpful notes throughout the audiobook, only to have them all repeated in the “30 takeaways” at its end. But here are a few of the best ones in my opinion: ⁣⁣
🍊 Do not become emotionally attached to your idea. If you do, you risk making it part of your identity and would reasonably resist much harder when facing evidence to the contrary. ⁣⁣
🍊 Do not bombard your opponent in debate; instead, try to find common ground first and work from there. ⁣⁣
🍊 In getting others to rethink their position, ask questions such as “what evidence would make you change your mind” and “how did you arrive at this conclusion in the first place?” Obviously, we should be sure to ask ourselves the same. ⁣

Mar 04, 2021

Adam Grant offers nothing new in this book. It's full of fluff and platitudes but says little that can actually be put into practice.

I found the second section to be particularly platitudinous. After telling us that we need to have some humility about our opinions, Adam Grant suggests that we get others to rethink their opinions. Hubris comes after humility, does it? That makes little sense to me.

If you want to eat some intellectual pablum this book is that. If you want something with a little more meat and vegetables to chew on, this book is not that. My advice? Read something else.

Feb 06, 2021

smerconish recommend

Jan 10, 2021

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ArapahoeMaryA Jun 15, 2021

If knowledge is power, knowing what we don’t know is wisdom.

We learn more from people who challenge our thought process than those who affirm our conclusions. Strong leaders engage their critics and make themselves stronger. Weak leaders silence their critics and make themselves weaker.


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