Learning about learning
I'm a rebel. There. I've said it. I admit it. And it gets me into all kinds of trouble trying to fit into Corporate America. Tracy Goodwin (aka The Red Sweater Lady) of Captivate the Room asked to interview me and titled the conversation When Speaking Your Truth Becomes a Threat and More. Yes, indeed, I have stories. How about this?
Me: There is a major problem here and we need to fix it. We could....
POSITIVE Deviants and Corporate Rebels - Who are they?
My very smart friend Jane Bozarth speaks a lot about the positive deviant, based on work initiated by Jerry and Marilyn Sternin of Save the Children who wrote The Power of Positive Deviance: How Unlikely Innovators Solve the World's Toughest Problems. When attacking a problem, the positive deviant is an outlier, looking for differences and different angles to create a solution. In her article in Training Magazine, Jane notes the following traits of positive deviants:
But it scares the crap out of people around them. Especially bosses. Been there, done that! What's so curious, is that within the organization, the corporate rebel/positive deviant has a following. They are known as the influencers. The ones who get things done. The key here, is that we do it in a different way than the norm.
managing the maverick
When I took Sally Hogshead's Fascination Advantage personality test, it completely nailed me as a Maverick Leader. It taught me to create my anthem as a pioneering problem solver. That's who I am. I shared that report with my boss, who found it "insightful". Yes, the same boss who during our interview I told her I would not drink the corporate Kool-Aid, and that I would often be untraditional in getting things done...but they would get done. All fine and good. But I suspect she had a different impression of what that actually meant, since I did exactly what I said I would do, got stellar results from my team, had them positioned for the delivery of masterpieces in 2016, but then bam! I'm gone. I've been delighted to hear back from most of them that they have no intention of going back, and plan to move forward in the brave new world we created. I know my legacy survives.
When I attended Training 2016 this year, one of the keynote speakers was Jay Shuster of Pixar. He was brilliant, and I loved learning all about the creation of their awesome films and great culture that produces them. At the end in the Q&A section, he was asked how to manage creatives like himself. It stopped him dead in his tracks, so we crowdsourced answers. Here's what came out of the Twitter feed that day:
Shannon Tipton, founder of Learning Rebels and author of Disruptive Learning: Discover Your Inner Rebel advocates that we can no longer do things in the same way. Things are different and need to be handled differently. We must work differently, think differently but also be strategic. It's so easy as a rebel to keep beating the same drum and watching things fall on deaf ears. Most work things under the radar, and just get things done.
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