Rebel Talent: Why It Pays to Break the Rules at Work and in Life – Francesca Gino
Comfort is overrated! Francesca Gino is one of my true kindred spirits when it comes to stepping out of our comfort zone and being a rebel! In Rebel Talent, she writes that rebellion stimulates creativity, nurtures professional relationships, and enhances your engagement with your work, but going against the grain isn't always easy. You have to be open to working with diverse and different perspectives, be willing to expose your flaws and vulnerabilities, and prepare for the backlash that often awaits those who step out of line. Such discomforts are a small price to pay for the creative energy and passion for your work that rule-breaking unleashes.
There are so many great insights in this book, but I want to share a few key nuggets:
- Rebels question assumptions and break the rules in constructive ways.
- They are curious and ask lots of "what-if" and why questions.
- Rebellious people try to see challenges from new perspectives.
- Rebels seek out diverse viewpoints as a way of expanding their perspective.
Francesca Gino has been studying rebels in life and the workplace for more than 15 years. She has discovered that rebels, those who practice positive deviance at work, are harder to manage. Still, they are good for the bottom line: their passion, drive, curiosity, and creativity raise the entire organization to a new level. And she has found that at home, rebels are more engaged partners, parents, and friends.
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