We are eternal optimists at Croixstone Consulting and, therefore, love Inc. Magazine’s list of “The 10 Most Inspiring Books of 2018.” Faithful readers of this blog and Croixstone’s social media channels know that we adore “Rebel Talent” by Harvard Business School professor Francesca Gino. It speaks to the benefits of constructive nonconformity and our fondness for business mavericks. And we plan to read Bill Gates’ favorite book of all time, “The Better Angels of Our Nature”, that came out in January. Read the list of 2018’s most inspiring books here.
Going against the grain is something many of the greatest minds really like to do. Francesca Gino (Harvard Business School professor and author) was interviewed by BBC recently and shared her perspectives on rebels and how they break the rules to thrive in both business and their personal lives. Learn the benefits of showing your true colors to the world here.
Nobody likes a troublemaker at work. But there are people who know how to turn rule breaking into valuable contributions. Read this story about two kids at a three-Michelin star restaurant in Italy who simply wanted to order a pizza – a meal that wasn’t on the menu.
In the first article of the series, Professor Gino presents her case that “curiosity” is the most important trait for leaders to assess when identifying talent who can drive innovation in their organizations. She believes that curiosity – the impulse to seek out new ideas and experiences – is crucial to innovation because it moves people to look at the world from a different perspective and to ask questions rather than accept the status quo.
Learn more about the importance of curiosity, it’s link to innovation and strategies to assess this important trait here.