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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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Lessons from the Whooping Crane: What a Healthy Competitive Working Style Looks Like

Whooping cranes in flight

Whooping cranes in flight (Photo credit: USFWS Mountain Prairie)

From the Winter 2012-2013 issue of Bird Conservation, Joseph Duff, C.E.O. of Operation Migration, writes:

The lead bird does most of the work, but not from any sense of duty. Instead, he is out front because he is the strongest and most aggressive and has pushed his way to the lead. The bird behind can feel the lift created by the vortices his wingtips generate, and instinctively learns to take advantage of that assistance by flying just off to one side. Each bird in the row adds to that wake, creating more lift for the one behind until the last bird in the row adds to that wake, creating more lift for the one behind until the last bird is gaining the most benefit. Each individual pushes its way forward according to endurance. That aggressive behavior and their instinct to find the easiest way to fly gives the flock a common endurance so the weaker birds can keep up with the strongest. Throughout the line, birds will challenge the one ahead of them much like a competitive cyclist will tuck in behind the leader, waiting for an opportunity to steal the lead when he shows signs of fatigue. Without that ability, the flock could not stay together. Read more of this post

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