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Publisher's Summary

The world’s best chef.

An airline captain who brought his flight to safety in a daring water landing.

A magician known for his sensational escape acts.

A computer scientist who founded a world-renowned animation studio.

What do all of these people have in common? They love their jobs, they break the rules, and the world is better off for it. They are rebels.

From an early age, we are taught to be rule followers, and the pressure to fit in only increases as we age. But conformity comes at a steep price for our careers and personal lives. When we mindlessly accept rules and norms rather than questioning and constructively rebelling against them, we ultimately end up stuck and unfulfilled. As leaders, we are less effective and respected. As employees, we are more likely to be overlooked for top assignments and promotions. As partners and friends, we are checked out and unhappy.

Francesca Gino has been studying rebels in life and in the workplace for more than 15 years. She has discovered that rebels - those who practice "positive deviance" at work - are harder to manage, but they are good for the bottom line: their passion, drive, curiosity, and creativity raise the entire organization to a new level. And she has found that at home, rebels are more engaged partners, parents, and friends.

Packed with strategies for embracing rebellion at work and in life, and illuminating case studies ranging from the world of fine dining to fast food chains to corporations such as Google and Pixar, Rebel Talent encourages all of us to rebel against what’s comfortable, so that we can thrive.

Francesca Gino is an award-winning researcher and teacher and a tenured professor at Harvard Business School. Her consulting and speaking clients include Bacardi, Akamai, Disney, Goldman Sachs, Honeywell, Novartis, P&G, and the US Air Force, Army, and Navy. 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. Her work has been featured on CNN and NPR as well as in the Economist, Financial Times, New York Times, Newsweek, Scientific American, and Psychology Today.

©2018 Francesca Gino (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • JG
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  • 09-21-18

Very innovative premise

This is a Geat book! Worth every credit, seeing parallels throuhhot my world! Strongly recommend this book!

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Curious

Refreshing to learn about all this wonderful people that have success challenging the status quo, a great take on how to succeed by being inclusive with your team to take your business to a different level.

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Review of Rebel Talent

I were told by one of the VPs in our company that I needed to read this book as it was about me.

After listening to the book I agree that to some extent he is right. I realized when listening that there is a lot more I need to do and test out.


The person that read is performing well it can be a little monotone some times but overall very good.

Kind regards
Oystein

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Boldly go where few have gone before AND Succeeded

A hopeful journey into the trenches of being a pariah to change the world. A personal look into businesses big and small that leave power structure and hierarchy behind.

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Living a rebel talent life

Francesca’s work breaks down barriers, eclipsing Industires and roles to show how following your true passions lead to success, and a more meaningful life.

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This Book is Great!

I really enjoyed this book, thoroughly. I learned so much amazing information from reading this book. The author does an amazing job of presenting both engaging illustrations with scientific evidence that rebels are rock stars! This is a great book packed with organizational super knowledge. What an awesome surprise.

Bill

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Not bad, not great

Tired subjects and some solid advice but is jam packed with opinion and bias. Not great as a purely business book.

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