The Necessity of Strangers: The Intriguing Truth About Insight, Innovation, and Success

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A counterintuitive approach to fostering greater innovation, collaboration, and engagement Most of us assume our success relies on a network of friends and close contacts. But innovative thinking requires a steady stream of fresh ideas and new possibilities, which strangers are more likely to introduce. Our survival instincts naturally cause us to look upon strangers with suspicion and distrust, but in The Necessity of Strangers, Alan Gregerman offers the provocative idea that engaging with strangers is an opportunity, not a threat, and that engaging with the right strangers is essential to unlocking our real potential. The Necessity of Strangers reveals how strangers challenge us to think differently about ourselves and the problems we face. * Shows how strangers can help us innovate better, get the most out of each other, and achieve genuine collaboration * Presents principles for developing a "stranger-centric" mindset to develop new markets and stronger customer relationships, leverage the full potential of partnerships, and become more effective leaders * Includes practical guidance and a toolkit for being more open, creating new ideas that matter, finding the right strangers in all walks of life, and tapping the real brilliance in yourself To stay competitive, you and your business need access to more new ideas, insights, and perspectives than ever before. The Necessity of Strangers offers an essential guide to discovering the most exciting opportunities you haven't met yet.

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"Will reset your thinking... if being more compelling andinnovative in your career or business matters to you."
--Andrea Kay, USA Today

"Is it possible that we are blind to one of the mostexciting sources of innovation in our midst? The strangers amongus--the UPS driver, the co-worker from a different department, neighbors who are older, younger, or otherwise different fromus--could be invaluable allies in our quest for truecreativity, if only we knew how to reach out to them. TheNecessity of Strangers is a guide to breaking out of the hivemind and forging the connections that can make us better thinkersand better people."
--Dan Pink, author, To Sell is Humanand Drive

"Alan Gregerman has done it once again--making acompelling case for the relatively simple, yet powerful, concept ofopening ourselves up to the knowledge and insights of others.The Necessity of Strangers is a provocative, relevant, andpractical guide to meeting the challenges facing business leaderstoday."
--George Schindler, president, United States and Canada, CGI

"Are you ready to learn about the power of strangers? Fromthe products we buy at the grocery store to the innovations weadopt at the office, strangers shape our behavior in some amazingways. Get ready for Alan Gregerman to show you how."
--Jonah Berger, professor of marketing, the Wharton School, and author, Contagious

"The Necessity of Strangers will change the way youthink about innovation and collaboration. Alan Gregerman'spowerful stories, clear examples, and practical guidance show usthat strangers are more essential to our growth and success than weever realized, challenging us--and our businesses--toreimagine how we engage and inspire our employees, customers, andpartners."
--Chip Conley, founder, Joie de Vivre Hospitality; author, Peak and Emotional Equations

"The Necessity of Strangers captures the remarkablevalue and wisdom of learning from people we too often discount orsimply pass by. Their different perspectives may serve as the realcatalyst for helping us innovate, create better products andservices, increase profits, re-energize people, improve ourcommunities, and reach our full potential."
--Beverly Robertson, president, National Civil RightsMuseum

"The Necessity of Strangers bothered me in a goodway, making me realize how much time I spend with people who are, quite frankly, a lot like me. Dr. Gregerman's book is notonly thought-provoking, but very logical. After reading it I madedeliberate changes to meet and learn from strangers."
--Joseph (Jody) Giles, Chief Information Officer, Under Armour

"The Necessity of Strangers provides compellingexamples and tools to look, listen, and learn from the world aroundus in order to create amazing opportunities and results. AlanGregerman challenges us to think in new ways about how individualsand organizations can learn and grow."
--Kimo Kippen, chief learning officer, HiltonWorldwide

"The solution to the world's most difficult issueswill be found at the intersection of disciplines, not insidedisciplines. In The Necessity of Strangers, Alan providespowerful insight and practical tools to accelerate this essentialmashing of ideas."
--Ellen Glover, executive vice president, ICFInternational

"In a reality that is constantly changing, and wheretomorrow's ordinary is today´s unthinkable, The Necessityof Strangers challenges and encourages us to take advantage ofencounters with strangers. It's a humanistic approach and avision that clearly appeals to me, tied to my belief ininternational business. Just playing it safe will never lead tosuccess."
--Jan Fager, managing director, Swedish MarketingFederation

"Alan Gregerman stops you in your tracks and forces you tore-examine your behavior and ways of thinking. A wonderful andinviting read, punctuated by practical, well-founded insights, The Necessity of Strangers shows how to lead organizationsthat explore, connect, innovate, and grow."
--Amr ElSawy, president and CEO, Noblis

"Everyone looking to expand their creativity, createinnovation, and improve service in the workplace will benefit fromreading Alan Gregerman's insightful book."
--John Dillon, senior vice president, MorganStanley

"The world is changing! The Necessity of Strangersis a must-read to ensure that you are maximizing all of yourrelationships."
--Ed Fuller, author, You Can't Lead With Your FeetOn The Desk, and former president and managing director, Marriott International Lodging

"The Necessity of Strangers will open your mind tothe importance of meeting strangers and enchant you with themarvelous things that come out of these encounters. AlanGregerman's unique gift is his ability to teach all of us howto make this happen routinely as a key to businesssuccess."
--Charbel Tagher, CEO, Specified Technologies Inc.

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"Is it possible that we are blind to one of the most excitingsources of innovation in our midst? The strangers amongus--the UPS driver, the co-worker from a different department, neighbors who are older, younger, or otherwise different fromus--could be invaluable allies in our quest for truecreativity, if only we knew how to reach out to them. TheNecessity of Strangers is a guide to breaking out of the hivemind and forging the connections that can make us better thinkersand better people."
--Dan Pink, author, To Sell Is Human andDrive

"Alan Gregerman has done it once again--making a compellingcase for the relatively simple, yet powerful, concept of openingourselves up to the knowledge and insights of others. TheNecessity of Strangers is a provocative, relevant, andpractical guide to meeting the challenges facing business leaderstoday."
--George Schindler, president, United States andCanada, CGI

"Are you ready to learn about the power of strangers? From theproducts we buy at the grocery store to the innovations we adopt atthe office, strangers shape our behavior in some amazing ways. Getready for Alan Gregerman to show you how."
--Jonah Berger, professor of marketing, the WhartonSchool; author, Contagious

"The Necessity of Strangers will change the way you thinkabout innovation and collaboration. Alan Gregerman's powerfulstories, clear examples, and practical guidance show us thatstrangers are more essential to our growth and success than we everrealized, challenging us--and our businesses--toreimagine how we engage and inspire our employees, customers, andpartners."
--Chip Conley, founder, Joie de Vivre Hospitality;author, Peak and Emotional Equations

"The Necessity of Strangers captures the remarkable valueand wisdom of learning from people we too often discount or simplypass by. Their different perspectives may serve as the realcatalyst for helping us innovate, create better products andservices, increase profits, re-energize people, improve ourcommunities, and reach our full potential."
--Beverly Robertson, president, National Civil RightsMuseum

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