People who think differently – and don't suppress it in a business setting – are quickly regarded as annoying troublemakers. But “rebel talents” could be an advantage for companies specifically because of their non-conformity, says Harvard professor Francesca Gino. She explains why at the Academy of Behavioral Economics at the GDI.
From “difficult” to “criminal”, rebellious employees face negative labels at work. They often deviate from the norm in terms of suggestions or work style, and have a tendency to rub colleagues the wrong way and become unpopular. But re-evaluating their characteristics can be beneficial, according to Harvard professor Francesca Gino. With their non-conformist approaches and unusual – but often creative – ideas, “rebel talents” may have a positive impact on a company, precisely because they generate conflicts. “If we embrace conflict, dissent and disagreement and are actually managing it, we end up with much better outcomes”, she explains in this video:
Francesca Gino is a professor of business administration at Harvard Business School and speaker at the Academy of Behavioral Economics, which will take place on January 30th, 2019 at the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute.