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Novelty: exploitation and exploration

Exploitation involves improving and refining existing products and processes. This typically happens through a focus on efficiency and execution.

In contrast, the focus of exploration is on identifying new ideas and ways of doing things. This involves things like risk-taking and experimentation.


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Continuous Learning

To be able to question, challenge, and innovate, we need to constantly frame our work around learning goals.

These learning goals can cover us developing our competence, acquiring new skills, or mastering new situations.


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“When we challenge ourselves to move beyond what we know and can do well, we rebel against the comfortable cocoon of the status quo, improving ourselves and positioning ourselves to contribute more to our partners, coworkers, and organizations”



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 “If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything, it is open to everything. In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s mind there are few.” 



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Perspective: counterfactual thinking

Counterfactual thinking means forgetting what you know and considering a situation from a fresh perspective. This way of thinking is also referred to as “the beginner's mindset” or “unlearning”.

Rebel talent will always try to broaden their perspective and thus mitigate the...


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How “rebels are engaged

These five key ‘rebel traits’ represent paths to engagement:

  • Novelty: It allows us to fight the boredom that comes with routines and traditions.
  • Curiosity: It allows us to combat the tendency to stick with the status quo.
  • Perspe...


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The role of diversity

Rebels know that to effectively leverage differences, their organizations should work beyond race and gender.

In the rebel mind, all differences matter, and diversity isn’t a quota system but a long-range vision for growth.


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It means being able to be your ‘true self’ at work, and throwing this into the mix when tackling tough challenges or coming up with new ideas. This doesn’t mean that one’s ability to be authentic can be abused to behave negatively or to disrespect other people’s authentic selves. Instead, the...


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When we open ourselves to curiosity, we are more apt to reframe situations in a positive way. Curiosity makes us much more likely to view a tough problem at work as an interesting challenge to take on.

Curious people seem to have a natural inclination to as...


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Psychological Safety

This is important in an environment for rebel talent to thrive in.

Members of psychologically safe teams aren’t afraid of admitting to errors and discussing these openly nor would you fear being embarrassed about asking unorthodox questions, ideas or doubts.


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  • Exploration: The focus is on experimentation, risk-taking, discovery, and innovation. People who thrive here are more flexible and comfortable with uncertainty.
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