Rebel Talent

Rebel Talent : Why it Pays to Break the Rules at Work and in Life

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'Great stories, great science, and great practical advice about how, when, and why to break the rules' Angela Duckworth, international bestselling author of Grit.

In Rebel Talent, award-winning Harvard Business School professor and behavioural scientist Francesca Gino shows us why the happiest and most successful among us are those who break the rules and how we can all do it more.

The world's best chef.
The pilot who landed his plane on a river.
The magician who made history.
The computer scientist who changed animated films forever.
What do they all have in common?

They are all rebels.

Francesca Gino has been studying rebellion and conformity for more than fifteen years. She has discovered that when we mindlessly follow rules and norms rather than constructively rebelling against them, we become less happy and less successful in every area of our lives. While rebels may seem disruptive, they are ultimately good for business: their passion, drive, curiosity and creativity can raise organizations to a new level.

When we break the rules, we fix our lives.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 153 x 233 x 24mm | 406g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main Market Ed
  • 1509860622
  • 9781509860623
  • 78,672

Table of contents

Introduction - Introduction: Marcia!
Chapter - 1: Napoleon and the Hoodie: The Paradox of Rebel Status
Chapter - 2: The Dog Named "Hot": A Talent for Novelty
Chapter - 3: The Vanishing Elephant: A Talent for Curiosity
Chapter - 4: The Hudson River Is a Runway: A Talent for Perspective
Chapter - 5: Uncomfortable Truths: A Talent for Diversity
Chapter - 6: Coach Cheeks Sings the National Anthem: A Talent for Authenticity
Chapter - 7: The Secret of Story: The Transformative Power of Engagement
Chapter - 8: Becoming a Rebel Leader: Blackbeard, "Flatness," and the 8 Principles of Rebel Leadership
Chapter - Conclusion: Risotto Cacio e Pepe
Section - Epilogue: Rebel Action

Acknowledgements - i: Acknowledgements
Section - ii: Notes
Section - iii: Index
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In terms of zeitgeisty, "Have you read it?" buzz and cultural impact, set to do for business what Marie Kondo did for sock drawers Sunday Times Style
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This marvelous and mischievous masterpiece shows us how to creatively rebel without getting into (too much) trouble. Francesca Gino's splendid weave of stories and studies unpacks why, when, and how to break the rules in order to do more successful, challenging, and original work * Robert Sutton, New York Times bestselling author of The Asshole Survival Guide * To make an omelet, you gotta break some eggs' is easy advice to give. Much more difficult is crafting a clear recipe-which eggs, when, how, blended with what?-for greatest success at it. Yet, this is precisely what Rebel Talent does for the process of breaking the rules optimally. As a result, I just ate it up -- Robert B. Cialdini, New York Times bestselling author of Influence and Pre-Suasion Francesca Gino is the best kind of rebel: the one who doesn't just break the rules, but invents a better way. In this enthralling, carefully researched book, she shows you how to become one-and unleash the inner rebel in others too * Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Originals, and Option B with Sheryl Sandberg * Francesca Gino is one of the world's most productive and creative social scientists. And with this book, she shows that she's also one of the most persuasive. She makes a powerful and convincing case that letting loose our inner troublemaker can open up new vistas of creativity and problem-solving power * Daniel H. Pink, New York Times bestselling author of When and Drive * Francesca has a very personal and self-aware approach to bridging the gap between the social norms that glue us together, and the acts of challenging those norms. The rebellious approach has led to great advances, and it also has led to abuse. She pushes us to allow for people who challenge what we do, but with a grounding in thinking about the use of power and status in our businesses and in our lives * Ed Catmull, President of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios * In Rebel Talent, through illuminating examples and case studies, Francesca Gino demonstrates the true power of the rebel. Rebellion, as she defines it, isn't simply about rule-breaking-- it's about allowing your best self, and your talents, to shine through in all aspects of your work and your life * Susan Cain, New York Times bestselling author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking * In this groundbreaking book, Francesca Gino shows us how to spark creativity, excel at work, and become happier: By learning to rebel * Charles Duhigg, bestselling author of The Power of Habit * Great stories, great science, and great practical advice about how, when, and why to break the rules * Angela Duckworth, author of Grit * In terms of zeitgeisty, "Have you read it?" buzz and cultural impact, set to do for business what Marie Kondo did for sock drawers * Sunday Times Style *
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About Francesca Gino

Francesca Gino is an award-winning researcher and the Tandon Family Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. Her consulting and speaking clients include Bacardi, Akamai, Disney, Goldman Sachs, Honeywell, Novartis, P&G, and the U.S. Air Force, Army, and Navy. She has been honored as one of the world's Top 40 Business Professors under 40 by Poets & Quants and one of the world's 50 most influential management thinkers by Thinkers 50. Her work has been featured on CNN and NPR, as well as in the Economist, Financial Times, New York Times, Newsweek, Scientific American, and Psychology Today.
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