Rebel Stories

Jimmy Van de Putte

Innovative divergent thinker, adept of management re-engineering, self-made and self-educated renegade aerospacial engineer

What has been your most notable rebel accomplishment or experience?

Writing an essay on “management” within the Belgian Defense and making a lot of people very nervous.

When did you first realize that you are a rebel?

When I saw obvious weaknesses in procedures and nobody would listen until I started kicking around and got other high-ranked rebels to listen.

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

Start your own company in consulting and teaching.

What is your favorite rebel characteristic?

NEVER take an answer for truth…and excellence by default.

What’s your favorite question?

Tell me more.

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

The (slow) growing group of followers when change is expected.

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

They want to help improve the organization despite of the perception that they want to accuse somebody.

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

Persist.

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

Try.

Where do you think rebels are most needed today?

Wherever an organization thinks they don’t need one … so about everywhere.

Who is your favorite rebel from the past 100 years?

Jacque Fresco, Richard Florida, Gary Hamel

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

… Because I say so …

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