The benefits of constructive non-conformity
An up-front disclaimer: Catalyst is a team that has been built and rebuilt over the years in order to disrupt the status-quo in constructive ways. That may predispose us to appreciate the non-conformist mindset, but still, I really enjoyed the latest "big idea" report from Harvard Business Review, titled "Let Your Workers Rebel."
Written by Francesca Gino, a professor of business administration at Harvard Business School, the data and analysis within suggest that encouraging a certain level of non-conformity can help organizations avoid a number of problems. And beyond problem-avoidance, the practice can deliver new benefits in the areas of innovation and productivity.
Gino elaborates on six strategies for encouraging constructive non-conformity, including:
- Give Employees Opportunities to Be Themselves
- Encourage Employees to Bring out Their Signature Strengths
- Question the Status Quo, and Encourage Employees to Do the Same
- Create Challenging Experiences
- Foster Broader Perspectives
- Voice and Encourage Dissenting Views
I encourage you to take the time to read it, and let us know your thoughts.
-- Clara Shen