Think again: The power of knowing what you don’t know
By Adam Grant
This book is essential reading for anyone interested in reflective practice (at its heart, a process of thinking again).
Grant emphasizes that it is the process of re-thinking that is important, not the outcome. Rethinking does not have to change your mind, but it does make you consider whether you should change your mind.
We do not rethink enough, because of cognitive laziness (it takes effort and time) and also because we like to feel certain about the world and our role in it. Rethinking makes everything unpredictable.
Counter-intuitively, being good at thinking can make you worse at rethinking. If our ways of thinking become habits, this narrows our perspectives and our opportunities for learning and growth. You need a balance between confidence and humility… “confident in your ability to achieve a goal in the future but with humility to question whether you have the right tools in the present, …or whether you are even addressing the right problem.”
Grant provides practical suggestions about how to update our own views, how to open other people’s minds (including a discussion about conflict-specific situations), and how to create communities of lifelong learners. The book ends with thirty practical takeaways to develop your rethinking skills.
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