Points of view


SXSW Top 10 rebel mistakes: Here is the handout we shared at the March 2014 presentation: “Rebels at Work: Making Change Real after SXSW.”

What Constructive Disruption Can Do for Business: “Good” article about constructive disruption, the act of productively challenging inherited wisdom or structure, so that we may open space to replace what we have with what we might imagine. Featuring Rebel at Work Carmen Medina.

Why Intuit Founder Scott Cook Wants You To Stop Listening To Your Boss:  From Fast Company: “One thing that’s surprising about Scott Cook, the founder of Intuit, is that this intensely smart guy who’s become one of the most successful entrepreneurs in history doesn’t think you should listen to his ideas. He wants you to run experiments.

To Find Happiness, Forget About Passion: HBR blog post by Oliver Segovia. ” Forget about finding your passion. Instead, focus on finding big problems. Putting problems at the center of our decision-making changes everything. It’s not about the self anymore. It’s about what you can do and how you can be a valuable contributor.”

How to Nurture Your Company’s Rebels, and Unlock Their Creative Might: Fast Company article by Tim Leberecht. Before your business is threatened by external competition, you should court the internal opposition within your own walls.

Nine Rules for Stifling Innovation: Harvard Business School professor Rosabeth Moss Kanter takes on how leaders actively stifle creativity and innovation even though innovation has become the holy grail and sacred quest .

We Say We Want a Revolution: How to Activate the Activist and Surf the Tidal Wave of Radical Change by Gina Amaro Rudan

“I believe with every inch of my body and soul that today’s entrepreneuers and creatives and community trailblazers and cross-disciplinary renegades will redefine and reignite serving the public good during these revolutionary times.

Is that Scientific Heretic a Genius — or a Loon? by Matt Ridley, Wall St. Journal, Nov. 12, 2011.

“The list of scientific heretics who were persecuted for their radical ideas but eventually proved right keeps getting longer. Last month, Daniel Shechtman won the Nobel Prize for the discovery of quasicrystals, having spent much of his career being told he was wrong.”

Rebel Awarded U.S. Medal of Honor

Marine Dakota Meyer disobeyed orders so that he could  try to save three dozen comrades trapped in an Afghan ravine. Last week President Obama awarded him the prestigious Medal of Honor.

The Decision Making Flaw in Powerful People by Kelly E. See (New York University), Elizabeth Wolfe Morrison (New York University), Naomi B. Rothman (Lehigh University), and Jack B. Soll (Duke University), Strategy & Business, November 2011.

The decisions made by powerful people in business and other fields have far-reaching effects on their organizations and employees. But this paper finds a link between having a sense of power and having a propensity to give short shrift to a crucial part of the decision-making process: listening to advice.

Creativity Without Control by Margaret Wheatley, OdeWire.

Why leaders need to be more like hosts, and less like heroes. So much becomes possible when leaders rely on other people’s creativity and commitment. These leaders bear witness to people’s capacity to engage in work, to collaborate well and to stay engaged long enough to discover solutions.

What Executives Say, What Executives Mean by Lois Kelly

Common executive responses to rebels’ creative and innovative ideas: A Translation Guide

Steve Jobs: Good or Bad Rebel? by Carmen Medina

Post highlighting the paradoxical nature of innovative rebels, like Steve Jobs, and how The Rebel as Paradox poses the greatest challenge to the leader who wants to tap into rebel energy.

George Carlin on realizing that he couldn’t succeed with a mainstream dream

Interview with the late writer, activist and comedian George Carlin about his career epiphany: realizing he couldn’t succeed dreaming a mainstream dream and how he eventually found success by embracing his rebel self.

FORTUNE: Why you should embrace your company heretics by Polly LeBarre

Today’s challenges demand the full imagination and passion of every individual — yet most organizations were designed to elicit compliance, conformity, and predictability. What would it take to create organizations that are as resilient, inventive, inspiring, and accountable as the people who work inside of them?

 The most powerful leadership equation ever by Mark Miller

A simple, but powerful equation for leadership ideas that will make a difference. ( Hint: if they don’t get accepted, that won’t be effective.)

16 ways your management team may be killing employee ideas by Mike Brown