GLS21 Notes: Rebel TalentPublished August 6, 2021
Conformity and mindless acceptance of rules stifles creativity. As strange as it might sound, the people who are doing the best work in their respective fields generally tend to be the rule breakers rather than followers of all the conventions. In her talk at The Global Leadership Summit, Dr. Francesca Gino helped leaders discover how to break the rules that hold us back. She also gave us three talents that the best rebels employ to create the future all of us desire.
Enjoy these official session notes to help you dive deeper into what you learned!
- Osteria Francescana, the best restaurant in 2016 and 2018. A family of four made a reservation to dine. The father ordered fancy tasting dishes. The boys asked for pizza. The maitre d’ went and ordered a pizza for the boys. He went against the rules of the restaurant to create a moment. That’s rebel talent.
- There are rebels that break rules constructively because they are focused on the mission.
- When others see vulnerability, they give respect.
Rebels have a talent for authenticity.
- When entrepreneurs were genuine and authentic, they were three times more likely to get funds.
- In India, a company was spending lots of money on training. Most of the employees were leaving after 60 days. They began asking employees what made them feel authentic. Those who were acting authentically were more productive, had greater satisfaction and more willing to stay with the organization longer.
- Authenticity pays big dividends.
Rebels have a talent for perspective.
- Captain Sullenberger landed a plane in the Hudson River. He didn’t go into tunnel vision. He had a broader perspective. By the time the accident happened, he was an expert. He was an avid student of plane accidents. He used that experience differently. He used that as a signal that there was more to learn. He would ask, “What can I learn today?”
- Experience can lead to perspective.
Rebels have a talent for curiosity.
- As little kids, we have a sense of awe and wonder. It comes from a willingness to discover, rather than just be judged.
- Tart fell on the floor. “I have an idea for a new dessert. ” It’s now the most popular dish on the menu. It’s called “Oops, I Dropped the Lemon Tart.”
- Embrace curiosity. Keep asking a lot of questions.
How to Cultivate Rebel Talent
- I call them rebels because it goes against human nature. We tend to conform rather than stand. We sit with what’s comfortable rather than come in with curiosity.
- Captains of pirate ships in the 16th century: It was the most diverse organization in the planet. They were getting crew based on commitment to the mission. They were incredibly democratically organized. The crew could elect a captain of the ship and they could remove the captain. They got respect through their actions.
- Am I the captain that my crew would choose as its leader today?
- When we do this, we are more likely to act as a rebel and create a place where others are willing to embrace their inner rebel.
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About the Author
Dr. Francesca Gino is a professor in the Negotiation, Organizations & Markets Unit at Harvard Business School recognized for her award-winning research and teaching on how to have more productive, creative and fulfilling lives. Dr. Gino has a diverse expertise on the psychology of organizations. She is a sought-after consultant and speaker—some of her clients include Disney, Goldman Sachs, Honeywell, Novartis, P&G, as well as the U.S. Military. Dr. Gino’s research has been featured in The Wallstreet Journal, The Economist, Harvard Business Review, Financial Times, The New York Times, Newsweek, National Public Radio, Scientific American and Psychology Today. She has been honored as one of the world’s Top 40 Business Professors under 40 and one of the world’s 50 most influential management thinkers by Thinkers50. In Dr. Gino’s latest book, Rebel Talent, she shares her research behind why it pays to break the rules at work and in life.
The Global Leadership Summit (GLS) is a two-day infusion of actionable leadership insights and inspiration broadcast to hundreds of host sites across the United States every August. In the following months, the GLS is translated, contextualized and hosted by local leadership committees at hundreds of locations across Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe and the Middle East. This global event convenes a world-class faculty who share their distinct perspectives and expertise, inspiring and equipping people around the world with practical leadership skills that can be applied within their context, wherever they have influence, and used to empower positive transformation where it’s needed most. Attracting an audience that represents various industries, including marketplace, non-profit, healthcare, education, government, ministry and corrections, the GLS has become a unique platform, unlike any other, bringing people together to not only empower better leadership within the organizations they represent, but in a growing number of cases around the world, this event also acts as a catalyst for organic local movements initiating systemic, city-wide change. What started as a single event back in 1990’s, the GLS has grown to attract tens of thousands of people today.