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Article  •  7 November 2023


Where to start with Adam Grant books

Learn about some of the most inspiring books by bestselling author, Adam Grant.

Calling all high-achievers and pathfinders, Adam Grant is the thought leader to help you reach your wildest aspirations and exceed even your own expectations. Today, Grant is an organizational psychologist at Wharton, where he has been the top-rated professor for seven years. But his entire career has been laced with success. He attended Harvard University, got his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan,  is recognized as one of the world’s most influential management thinkers, and is a Fortune‘s ‘40 Under 40’.

It’s no wonder then that his books have sold millions of copies worldwide and his TED talks have been seen over 30 million times. Because –  from building resilience to uncovering your potential –  Grant’s books are known for helping people challenge their thinking and open their minds to new possibilities. Whether you’re keen on embracing your originality or teaching your kids about embracing failure, there’s something for everyone eager to improve the life they live and the world they live in.

Think Again Adam Grant

Position yourself for excellence at work and in life by learning to question your opinions and open other people’s minds in Adam Grant’s #1 New York Times bestseller, Think Again. This book invites you to let go of views that no longer serve you and prioritise mental flexibility over consistency. Grant demonstrates how being good at thinking can make us worse at rethinking and gives readers another avenue to embrace the joy of being wrong and how to become lifelong learners. After reading and raving about it, fellow researcher and bestselling author Brené Brown wrote that she has ‘never felt so hopeful about what I don’t know.’

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Originals Adam Grant

Discover how you can champion new ideas, policies, and practices –  without risking it all –  in Adam Grant’s Originals. In this book, Grant addresses the challenge of improving the world, but from the perspective of being an original, aka choosing to support novel ideas that go against the grain, battle conformity, and buck outdated traditions. The #1 New York Times bestseller uses studies and stories from mega-successful leaders to explore originality and shows how you can recognize uniquely good ideas, fight groupthink, and avoid self-doubt along the way. This is the book for you if you thrive when stepping out of bounds and enjoy challenging the status quo.

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Hidden Potential Adam Grant

Hidden Potential provides a new framework for raising aspirations and exceeding expectations. In it, Grant weaves together groundbreaking evidence and surprising insights with vivid storytelling from the classroom to the boardroom, to the Olympics, and even outer space. As the name suggests, this book will help you see the hidden potential inside of you and show you how to build a door when opportunity doesn’t knock. It’s the book that Serena Williams, twenty-three-time Grand Slam singles tennis champion, said she wished she could gift her younger self. And it may just be the one that changes your life.

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Option B Sheryl Sandberg, Adam Grant

After the sudden death of her husband, Sheryl Sandberg felt confident she would never feel pure joy again. Yet her friend, Adam Grant, told her there was another way, another option. Learn how to build resilience and move forward after life’s inevitable setbacks in Option B. This inspiring book combines Sandberg’s intimate insights navigating through grief with Grant’s eye-opening research on finding strength in the face of adversity; showing how resilience is a muscle everyone can build – including you. Think of this book as your roadmap for what to do when option A isn’t an option.


Article by Sonya Matejko, originally posted on penguinrandomhouse.com; updated and amended for Australian readers. 

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