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#HRPA2015: Why Your Organization Needs More Rebels, Heretics, and Weirdos

Here’s a post I’ve been meaning to share as it resonates with me deeply. Those of us who consider ourselves freethinkers and enjoy the process and benefits of honest, spirited debate and conflict have probably, at one time or another, experienced a form of oppression in situations where cultural norms overemphasize social harmony, cooperation, and cohesion. The problem with striving for an atmosphere of perpetual warmth and agreement, as Jane Watson describes, is that great ideas get squashed. Hence, going against conventional wisdom with regard to hiring for cultural fit is especially important for organizations that aim to be innovative. Watson’s post provides a thought-provoking alternative view on what makes a great team, so check it out!

Talent Vanguard

What a whirlwind at the 2015 HRPA Annual Conference this week! On day one, following three keynotes, 2 sessions, lots of coffee, and two after-parties later, I arrived home with a brain full of ideas and an iPhone full of notes. Here’s my first post from this week’s HRPA Annual Conference 2015:

Why Your Organization Needs More Rebels, Heretics, and Weirdos

Take a second and think about the best team that you have ever been part of. What made the team great? What did it feel like to be part of it? How did the team members interact with one another?

If the team you’re thinking of was the picture of harmony and cooperation, it might be worth questioning your rose-coloured recollections of just how great it actually was. In the session “When Getting Along Doesn’t Equal Results” Nicole Bendaly notes that while harmony and cohesiveness often figure into our…

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2 responses to “#HRPA2015: Why Your Organization Needs More Rebels, Heretics, and Weirdos

  1. cindy knoke March 2, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    Bring on the rebels, heretics and weirdos! These are my favorite people!

    • Lynn Patra March 3, 2015 at 6:25 am

      Here I am! Haha, yes they are my favorite as well. Where would we be without people who courageously speak their mind even when it seems like everyone else around them has taken a different stance? I think of the likes of Copernicus and Galileo… people who alter the way we see things in a huge, fundamental way! It sure isn’t easy when living/working under conditions in which “The nail that sticks out gets pounded down.”

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