non-conformistsNon-conformists, trouble-makers, the rebels, the outliers who can be a downright pain in the butt for a manager who is trying to get everyone walking in the same direction.

But there is major danger for any organisation in ‘groupthink’.

When everyone thinks the same way, and those that don’t are too afraid to speak their minds, you have a lack of constructive dialogue and a system which is slowly dying.

The Harvard Business Review recorded a fascinating related podcast with Adam Grant who wrote Originals: How Non-Conformists Move The World.

Grant offers insights into the perspective of becoming original: choosing to champion novel ideas and values that go against the grain, battle conformity, and buck outdated traditions.

Here’s Morgana Bailey on a slightly different take on the danger of hiding who you actually are:

Conforming blindly to the perceived rules of a system is a recipe for disaster for its long-term robustness. Instead of silencing the dissenters – consider that they perhaps have a useful perspective that you may just be blind to.