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A smart piece of psychology from Napoleon

A smart piece of psychology from Napoleon

April 17, 2019 Posted by Excerpts 0 thoughts on “A smart piece of psychology from Napoleon”

One battery in particular was critical to the bombardment due to its elevated terrain. But it was also the most vulnerable to counterattack, thus making it the most dangerous to operate. Bonaparte’s superiors informed him that no soldier would volunteer to man the battery. Walking through camp in contemplation he spotted a printing machine which gave him an idea. He created a sign to hang near the battery: “The battery of the men without fear.” When the other soldiers saw it the next morning they clamoured to earn the honor of operating that cannon. Bonaparte himself wielded a ramrod alongside his gunners. The cannon was manned day and night. The French won the battle; Bonaparte won the acclaim.

Excerpt from: Rebel Talent: Why It Pays to Break the Rules at Work and in Life by Francesca Gino

Rebel Talent: Why It Pays to Break the Rules at Work and in Life

Rebel Talent: Why It Pays to Break the Rules at Work and in Life

April 15, 2019 Posted by 0 thoughts on “Rebel Talent: Why It Pays to Break the Rules at Work and in Life”

Rebel Talent: Why It Pays to Break the Rules at Work and in Life

Rebel Talent: Why It Pays to Break the Rules at Work and in Life

By Francesca Gino.

Rebel Talent: Why It Pays to Break the Rules at Work and in Life

Those who break norms are more likely to be seen as having a higher status

April 15, 2019 Posted by Excerpts 0 thoughts on “Those who break norms are more likely to be seen as having a higher status”

A survey of US college students asked them to reach to a description of a professor teaching at a top tier school. For some students we described the 45 year-old professor as wearing a t-shirt and having a beard. For others, we described him as clean-shaven and wearing a tie. The students rated the professor in a t-shirt as having higher status. The perception that an individual is consciously choosing not to conform is critical.

To signal status, deviations from the norm must demonstrate one’s autonomy to behave consistently with one’s own inclinations and to pay for the cost of nonconformity.

Excerpt from: Rebel Talent: Why It Pays to Break the Rules at Work and in Life by Francesca Gino

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