In Defense of Troublemakers

In Defense of Troublemakers

The Power of Dissent in Life and Business

An eminent psychologist explains why dissent should be cherished, not feared

We’ve decided by consensus that consensus is good. In In Defense of Troublemakers, psychologist Charlan Nemeth argues that this principle is completely wrong: left unchallenged, the majority opinion is often biased, unoriginal, or false. It leads planes and markets to crash, causes juries to convict innocent people, and can quite literally make people think blue is green. In the name of comity, we embrace stupidity. We can make better decisions by embracing dissent. Dissent forces us to question the status quo, consider more information, and engage in creative decision-making.

From Twelve Angry Men to Edward Snowden, lone objectors who make people question their assumptions bring groups far closer to truth–regardless of whether they are right or wrong. Essential reading for anyone who works in groups, In Defense of Troublemakers will radically change the way you think, listen, and make decisions.

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Genre: Nonfiction / Psychology / Industrial & Organizational Psychology

On Sale: March 20th 2018

Price: $16.99

Page Count: 272

ISBN-13: 9780465096305

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"A beautifully written and important book that deserves to be read by the docile and disobedient alike. Crowds are sometimes wise, but Charlan Nemeth shows how, when, and why listening to the majority is dangerous, and why disagreement is often an engine of innovation, persuasion, and error correction."—Adam Alter, bestselling author of Irresistible and Drunk Tank Pink
"Charlan Nemeth personifies minority influence; there is no person on the planet better scientifically qualified to write a book on the dynamics of dissent. She understands the underlying science deeply. She is a key contributor to the literature to induce divergent thinking and creativity. And, she has repeatedly demonstrated her ability to apply the scientific literature to engaging real world problems."—Philip Tetlock, Leonore Annenberg University Professor of Psychology and Management at the University of Pennsylvania and author of Superforecasting
"A lucid, practical guide to fostering smarter teams, companies, and societies. Charlan Nemeth demonstrates the power of nonconformists in raising the quality of our group decisions."—William Poundstone, author of Are You Smart Enough to Work at Google?