Rebels at Work

Rebels at Work

A Handbook for Leading Change from Within

O'Reilly, 2014 more...

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Do you ever think about the validity of the premises that underlie an issue? Do you wonder whether you need to view a problem from another angle? If you do, you’re probably acting and thinking like a rebel. As a “good rebel,” you step forward to tackle issues that threaten the future of your company. You face a challenging path and must learn to do things strategically in a way that helps you achieve your goals. Workplace strategists Lois Kelly and Carmen Medina offer a well-crafted manual for productive contrarians. getAbstract recommends their advice to rebels and to managers who want to know how to work with such thoughtful, passionate colleagues.


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“Good rebels” want to mend issues that threaten the future of their companies. They don’t seek personal aggrandizement. Instead, they want to encourage strategies that help everyone from their colleagues to their customers. Even though most people view the term “rebel” with suspicion, some rebels are good ones and want to try new methods and solve problems. “Bad rebels” are employees who complain, but don’t make any effort to explore how to make things better.

Good rebels realize that no single person can galvanize change. They recognize and tap into other people’s wisdom. They align their ideas with the company’s priorities, showing how the overall organization will benefit from implementing their suggestions. They demonstrate how the advantages of a new plan justify its costs. Good rebels embrace opposition and modify their suggestions accordingly. They give colleagues the time to consider their ideas. Good rebels remain upbeat, projecting a cheerful attitude that attracts people to join their quest. They focus on the quality of their ideas – attempting to talk about issues, not people. They reflect on and address problems that can lead to...

About the Authors

Lois Kelly works with companies to sell products and reach customers in innovative ways. Retired 31-year CIA employee Carmen Medina speaks and writes about new global directions in a range of areas, including the nature of work.

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