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Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World

I’m seeing Adam Grant interview Sheryl Sandberg in a few weeks and so I wanted to read his breakout book, Originals.

A couple standout lessons for me were the tactics of framing your ideas in a familiar framework and acknowledging your idea’s weaknesses as early as possible. Some of the concepts were old hat at this point – intersectional thinking isn’t exactly new – but others were counter intuitive, like Grant’s assessment that the most successful entrepreneurs in fact tend to be more risk-averse than less successful entrepreneurs – Warby Parker is held up as the epitome of de-risking an idea.

As someone who’s struggled at times to be an “original” in a legacy organization (see: PMN) I thought the lessons were well worth the cost of admission.

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Here is a copy of my presentation and prepared remarks from WordCamp for Publishers 2019 in Columbus.

Chris Gethard & Mal Blum – Crying At The Wawa (Official Video)

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