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Rebel Talent


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Introduction - Introduction: Marcia! Chapter - 1: Napoleon and the Hoodie: The Paradox of Rebel Status Chapter - 2: The Dog Named “Hot”: A Talent for Novelty Chapter - 3: The Vanishing Elephant: A Talent for Curiosity Chapter - 4: The Hudson River Is a Runway: A Talent for Perspective Chapter - 5: Uncomfortable Truths: A Talent for Diversity Chapter - 6: Coach Cheeks Sings the National Anthem: A Talent for Authenticity Chapter - 7: The Secret of Story: The Transformative Power of Engagement Chapter - 8: Becoming a Rebel Leader: Blackbeard, “Flatness,” and the 8 Principles of Rebel Leadership Chapter - Conclusion: Risotto Cacio e Pepe Section - Epilogue: Rebel Action Acknowledgements - i: Acknowledgements Section - ii: Notes Section - iii: Index

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Do you want to follow a script - or write your own story?

Award-winning Harvard Business School professor Francesca Gino shows us why the most successful among us break the rules, and how rebellion brings joy and meaning into our live.

About the Author

Francesca Gino is the Tandon Family Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. She is the youngest woman to have achieved the rank of full professor at Harvard Business School. Her research has been featured on CNN and in the Economist, the Financial Times, the New York Times, Newsweek, Scientific American, Psychology Today and the Wall Street Journal. She has also won numerous teaching awards, including the HBS Faculty Award by Harvard Business School's MBA Class of 2015, and the 2015 Poets & Quants award as one of the forty most outstanding business-school professors under forty in the world.


Great stories, great science, and great practical advice about how, when, and why to break the rules.
*Angela Duckworth, author of Grit*

In this groundbreaking book, Francesca Gino shows us how to spark creativity, excel at work, and become happier: By learning to rebel
*Charles Duhigg, bestselling author of The Power of Habit*

Francesca Gino is one of the world’s most productive and creative social scientists. And with this book, she shows that she’s also one of the most persuasive. She makes a powerful and convincing case that letting loose our inner troublemaker can open up new vistas of creativity and problem-solving power
*Daniel H. Pink, New York Times bestselling author of When and Drive*

Francesca has a very personal and self-aware approach to bridging the gap between the social norms that glue us together, and the acts of challenging those norms. The rebellious approach has led to great advances, and it also has led to abuse. She pushes us to allow for people who challenge what we do, but with a grounding in thinking about the use of power and status in our businesses and in our lives
*Ed Catmull, President of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios*

Francesca Gino is the best kind of rebel: the one who doesn’t just break the rules, but invents a better way. In this enthralling, carefully researched book, she shows you how to become one—and unleash the inner rebel in others too
*Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Originals, and Option B with Sheryl Sandberg*

To make an omelet, you gotta break some eggs’ is easy advice to give. Much more difficult is crafting a clear recipe—which eggs, when, how, blended with what?—for greatest success at it. Yet, this is precisely what Rebel Talent does for the process of breaking the rules optimally. As a result, I just ate it up
*Robert B. Cialdini, New York Times bestselling author of Influence and Pre-Suasion*

This marvelous and mischievous masterpiece shows how to make useful trouble without getting yourself into (too much) trouble. Francesca Gino’s splendid weave of stories and studies unpacks why, when, and how to break the rules so you can do and lead more successful, challenging, and original work — while experiencing the incomparable joy of defying tired and tattered traditions (and proving their misguided defenders wrong).
*Robert Sutton, Stanford Professor and author of The Asshole Survival Guide and Scaling Up Excellence*

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