Harvard Business School professor Francesca Gino firmly believes that being a rebel with a cause will boost your career and enrich you personally.
The professor conducted a study of more than 1000 employees. He found that less than 10% worked at companies that encouraged challenging the status quo. According to her “when this happens, workers and their organisations both pay a price”. The price is decreased engagement, productivity and innovation.
Apparently the pressure to conform also increases as people progress in their careers. She states that sheep are easier to manage than wolves. A study on peer pressure by psychologist Solomon Asch found that 75% of people will pick an answer they know is wrong simply in order to fit in.
The professor believes that if we adopt constructive nonconformism and be authentic then this will benefit the organisation that you work for. In addition others respond positively to those who dare to be genuine and authentic. In an assessment of entrepreneurs at pitch contests, those who seemed sincere were three times more likely to win than those who were not authentic.
Professor Gino has 3 tips for us:
- Challenge your own assumptions first
- Master the past
- Start small
If you have any questions regarding being a rebel then please get in touch.
Whilst at the recent PSA MEGA convention I was privileged to listen to the great Nabil Doss. He provided us with a template for producing a trailer, the trailer code. I wrote mine down and hastily recorded it and cleaned it up. Here is the result, my creativity trailer.
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Creativity on the radio has arrived. Some readers of my blog posts or my newsletter will know that I have been talking abut a radio show for a while. Well, now it is here. Coffee With Derek is an hour long programme that is broadcast every Thursday from 1:30pm until 2:30pm BST.
Soak up some creativity whilst drinking a cup of coffee. If you are in the Sheffield area you can listen to Iman FM on 103.1FM. If you are out of range just go to www.imanfm.com and click on the listen live link.
The aim of the programme is to demonstrate how creative or alternative thinking can be used in both a personal and work context to get better solutions to problems and generate better ideas as well as making life generally easier. I also take a look at some news and local issues and give them the alternative treatment too.
There are still many conversations going on about the recent referendum. Regardless of who was right or wrong, how could the whole process have been improved. How could we make sure that voters had a better understanding of what they were voting for? How could the politicians have better communicated their ideas to us all? Maybe visualisation could have helped?
One possible answer is visualisation. This does not mean we all have to meditate whilst listening to whale noises. It simply means that someone needs to create a descriptive representation of what they are proposing. What would life be like, feel like, smell like. What would day to day living be like, how would things stack up for workers, teenagers, the elderly or unemployed. The aim is to create something that everyone can relate to.
Those campaigning in the recent debate could have created a vivid model of the future that they were proposing. Also, the electorate in general could also have used something similar to work out what sort of future they wanted and then matched this to what they were being sold by the Remain or Leave campaigns.
Such methods are positive, building methods and may have prevented some of the negative campaigning. It is also much easier to see any common ground between your ideas and those espoused by others.
So how can we do this? Story, modelling, music, video, metaphor are all useful and one or two could have been used effectively rather than shouting at each other.
A simple example is house hunting. We can all wander around with house particulars featuring dimensions, details of kitchens and man caves etc but it soon becomes apparent where we can compromise or build so that there is a vision that everyone is happy with.
There are many lists of things that highly creative people do. I’m not going to replicate one of those here but just leave listeners with one question to answer – Do you ask the BIG questions?
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