The Fool was lucky to host Adam Grant, author of the newly released Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World. Already a tenured professor at Wharton, Adam is also recognized as one of the world’s 40 best business professors under 40; the founder and host of the [email protected] speaker series; and a serving member on Lean In’s board. His first book, Give and Take, has been translated into 27 languages, and this article clocks over 300,000 shares on social media. You could understand why Fools were excited to attend his live interview with Tom G at FoolHQ yesterday!
Originals focuses on the science of championing new ideas without risking success. Great takeaways came from Adam & Tom’s 45 minute chat, including these 3 ideas:
1. Testing & data should drive most business decisions – not intuition. Invest in what works best from your metrics.
2. Improve your chances of success by considering counter-arguments. Present strengths AND concerns in your pitch.
3. Those who fail the most end up being the ones who produce the most original ideas.