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Think Again

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This was a good book, although a bit longer than it needed to be. Adam Grant (the author) has a huge amount of experience on changing people's minds as an organizational psychologist. He slowly weaves together a rich view of why the ability to re-think past positions and decisions is critical to being successful in this day and age. People have a tendency to make a decision about a belief or value and then let them become entrenched over time. Those people who are able to re-think their positions will have an enormous advantage over others whose views become stagnant.

At its core, this book is an exposition on an aspect of the Dunning-Kruger effect that we all know and love. The concept is valuable, and we all can benefit from considering whether we should re-think our decisions and values more frequently.

This book kept making me think of Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman. The two books are very different, but they both have a lot to say about how we think and make decisions. They also both make you think about how fast off-the-cuff decisions relate to slow deliberate decisions. I would recommend both books to anyone who is interested in decision-making and thought leadership.

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