Rebel Stories

Dan Mezick

I coach agile software teams and their managers in the mechanics of team and organizational greatness and I love my work…. which I think of as play.

When did you first realize that you are a rebel?

When I was sent to the principals office in 3rd grade for the 4th time and realized “this is nothing to worry about.”

What advice do you wish someone had given you earlier in your career?

Always seek capable mentors and integrate what they teach you.

What is your favorite rebel characteristic?

Subversion of illegitimate authority.

What’s your favorite question?

What do you want?

What one clue tells you you’re effecting positive change?

People are happier and more engaged.

What do you think it’s most important for people to understand about rebels?

Rebels are an essential element of any healthy social system. Without the routine questioning of authority, tyranny reigns by default.

What’s your one word piece of advice for rebels?

Experiment.

What’s your one word piece of advice for non-rebels?

Experiment.

Where do you think rebels are most needed today?

Wherever levels of engagement, levels of learning, levels of experimentation and levels of play are LOW.

Who is your favorite rebel from the past 100 years?

Jay Forrester

What’s the one thing you should never say to a rebel?

Be sure to ask permission first.

 

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