The benefits of constructive non-conformity

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:

  1. Give Employees Opportunities to Be Themselves
  2. Encourage Employees to Bring out Their Signature Strengths
  3. Question the Status Quo, and Encourage Employees to Do the Same
  4. Create Challenging Experiences
  5. Foster Broader Perspectives
  6. Voice and Encourage Dissenting Views

I encourage you to take the time to read it, and let us know your thoughts.

-- Clara Shen

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