The same behaviors that spell academic success can backfire at work

Tara Mohr, Quartz, Feb 18, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The values in question are as follows: "They’re taught to prepare carefully to complete the tasks that will be asked of them; to do lots of research and homework to discover the right answers; to pay attention to what authority figures want and provide it." Men often have role models who break these rules, but women rather less frequently (and the school lessons are reinforced at home). All people need to break out of this conditioning. "To cultivate our abilities as leaders, we need the opposite skill: The ability to recognize and stick with what is distinctive about our thinking, and use these distinctive traits to influence and challenge authority."

When I was in my late teens, I would wear a red t-shirt I made myself with the slogan in gold letters, "The Revolution Lives!" When people asked "what revolution?" I would answer "the revolution of the mind." This is what I meant back then, the idea that I could think for myself and trust my instincts.

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