Why I read it?
A few months ago this caught my eye on Amazon and I preordered it. I recognize that I like to feel comfortable, which, in the wrong circumstances, can translate to stagnation. This book offers several ways to avoid the pitfalls of habit and coach yourself out of falling into an intellectual rut.
What is it all about?
Think Again explains why people struggle to rethink or question their beliefs, how to combat this in everyday life, and how a culture of rethinking can benefit organizations. Three concepts in particular resonated with me:
What caused me to pause?
As the author explained the value of constructive conflict, he observed that among a group who utilizes this well, “the tension is intellectual, not emotional… they disagree because they care.” The concept of professional disagreement that is not a personal attack is something that I have been aware of but haven’t been able to put into words. In my role with Foster Victor I use this technique frequently but have struggled to explain it before reading this book.
How will this book change my habits or influence me?
I really enjoyed the author’s advice on how to make a habit of embracing new ideas and questioning why you react a certain way to a situation. It’s easy to do what has always been done, but to continually question the status quo takes a lot more commitment. This book serves as a great tool to take the first steps in learning to rethink daily actions and question your assumptions.
Add this to your reading list if … you or your team/organization would benefit from refreshing your approach to problem solving.
Pickle Rating: 4.5 out of 5