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Here are my notes on Adam Grant’s 9th chapter of Think Again.

  • Ask questions that don’t have a single right answer.
  • Interrogate information.
  • Reject rank and popularity as a proxy for reliability.
  • Understand that the sender is usually not the source.
  • Erin McCarthy- self directed research, assigns old textbooks to…

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Here are my notes on reading Adam Grant’s sixth chapter in Think Again.

  • Great story about Daryl Davis speaking with over 200 KKK members to get them to reconsider their stereotypes.
  • Great story on the rivalry between Yankees and Boston Red Sox fans.
  • Diminishing prejudice by destabilizing stereotypes
  • Try the get the other person to see a commonality
  • Reflect on arbitrary animosity towards the other group.
  • Counter factual questions that invite people to explore there origins of their own beliefs and reconsider their stances towards other groups.
  • We have cultural truisms widely shared but rarely questioned.

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Here are my notes on Adam Grant’s “Think Again” chapter 4.

  • Task Conflict vs. Relationship Conflict can help you rethink things.
  • Task conflict surfaces competitive perspectives. It encourages diversity of thought, surfaces doubt and makes us curious about what we’re missing.
  • You can have task conflict if you have strong relationships or your environment encourages task conflict
  • Relationship conflict stands in the way of rethinking.
  • We learn more from people who challenge our thought process.
  • People grow up in tense but safe home environments where parents model fair fighting, exchange of ideas, ability to disagree.
  • Some professionals use “challenge networ5ks”. They evaluate your work not feed their egos. They are givers not takers. They challenge your work because they care.
  • Silence disrespects the value of your views.

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I really enjoy starting a new book. I listened to Adam Grant on the Rich Roll podcast in February while hiking in Tucson. I’ve read all his other books. All are thought provoking.

Here are my notes on the Prologue chapter.

  • Most of us hesitate at the thought of rethinking.
  • Opinions and knowledge don’t get refreshed/changed like other things in our lives. We get into seize and freeze mode.
  • Under acute stress we typically revert to automatic well learned responses.
  • This book will demonstrate the value of rethinking and adopting mental flexibility
  • What if we were quicker to make amendments to our own mental constitutions
  • How can we explore how rethinking happens.
  • Let go of our knowledge and opinions that no longer serve us well.
  • Anchor our sense of self in flexibility rather then consistency.

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