Episode 15

Rebel Innovation

April 23rd, 2019

20 mins 11 secs

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About this Episode

We're talking with Francesca Gino, the Tandon Family Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. She has been honored as one of the world’s top 40 business professors under 40 by Poets and Quants. And she has a new book out called Rebel Talent—Why It Pays to Break the Rules at Work and In Life. What do rebels have to do with innovation? Lots! From the dust jacket of Rebel Talent: "Instead of clinging to what is safe and familiar, and falling back on routines and tradition, rebels defy the status quo. They are masters of innovation and reinvention, and they have a lot to teach us.” Francesca is one of the most engaging people we know, so listen and learn.

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  • Francesca Gino — Francesca Gino is the Tandon Family Professor of Business Administration in the Negotiation, Organizations & Markets Unit at Harvard Business School. She is also formally affiliated with the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, with the Mind, Brain, Behavior Initiative at Harvard, and with the Behavioral Insight Group at Harvard Kennedy School. Professor Gino teaches Decision Making and Negotiation in the MBA elective curriculum and in Executive Education programs at the School. She co-chairs an HBS Executive Education program on applying behavioral economics to organizational problems and another on Driving Profitable Growth. She has also been teaching a variety of PhD courses, on Micro Topics in Organizational Behavior, Behavioral Approaches to Decision Making and Experimental Methods.
  • Rebel Talent — Award-winning Harvard Business School professor Francesca Gino shows us why the most successful among us break the rules, and how rebellion brings joy and meaning into our lives.
  • Osteria Francescana — Twelve tables in the heart of Modena. Italian hospitality is in the details, the ironed tablecloths and the polished silver. It is an ensemble of gestures that define a way of life. The table is where the journey begins.
  • Chef Massimo Bottura — My name is Massimo Bottura. I am an Italian chef born in Modena.I grew up under the kitchen table at my grandmother Ancella’s knees. That is where appetite begins for me. Inspiration comes from the world around me – from art, music, slow food and fast cars. Catch the flash in the dark because it only passes once. Expect the unexpected.
  • The Rebel Test — Call to mind the thoughts and feelings you typically have regarding your job or in your personal life. You will be asked to consider 30 pairs of statements. For each pair, choose whether “A” or “B” is most characteristic of your behavior.
  • Sully Sullenberger — Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger, III has been dedicated to the pursuit of safety for his entire adult life. While he is best known for serving as Captain during what has been called the “Miracle on the Hudson,” Sullenberger is a safety expert, speaker, and author. He currently serves on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Advisory Committee for Automation in Transportation. He still flies privately.
  • Maurice Cheeks helps a girl sing the Star Spangled Banner
  • Apple Think Different - Steve Jobs Narrated Version