Author of Sidetracked & Rebel Talent, Behavioural Scientist, HBS Professor

Francesca Gino

Business. Change Management. Consumer Trends. Culture. Education.

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Francesca Gino

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Professor Gino is an award-winning researcher who focuses on why people make the decisions they do at work, and how leaders and employees can have more productive, creative, and fulfilling lives. She is the Tandon Family Professor of Business Administration in the Negotiation, Organizations & Markets Unit at Harvard Business School and the author, most recently, of Rebel Talent: Why it Pays to Break the Rules in Work and Life. Gino is also affiliated with the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, the Mind, Brain, Behavior Initiative at Harvard, and the Behavioral Insight Group at Harvard Kennedy School. She co-chairs HBS Executive Education programs on Behavioral Economics (focused on how to apply behavioral insights to organizational problems) and Driving Profitable Growth.

Gino has been honored as one of the world’s Top 40 Business Professors under 40 and one of the world’s 50 most influential management thinkers by Thinkers 50. Professor Gino has won numerous awards for her teaching, including the HBS Faculty Award by Harvard Business School’s MBA Class of 2015, and for her research, including the 2013 Cummings Scholarly Achievement Award, from the Academy of Management Organizational Behavior Division. Her studies have also been featured in The Economist, The New York Times, Newsweek, Scientific American, Psychology Today, and The Wall Street Journal, and her work has been discussed on National Public Radio and CBS Radio.

Francesca Gino Topics
Relentless Curiosity: Why it Matters and How it Translates to Success
Fostering Rebel Talent: Letting Your Employees Break the Rules and Be Themselves
Overcoming Biases at Work: The Pitfalls and Fixes of Modern Corporate Thinking
Sidetracked: Why Our Decisions Get Derailed, and How We Can Stick to the Plan
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The most impressive inventions and radical break-throughs throughout history have been the result of a powerful human instinct: curiosity. A strong impulse that helped our ancestors survive and evolve, curiosity in the modern world is now being considered a driving force in business. In this talk, behavioral scientist Francesca Gino explains how curiosity helps businesses adapt to uncertainty and market pressures; how it stimulates deep thinking and creative problem-solving; and how it builds mutual respect and trust amongst teams. The benefits of curiosity are plenty: fewer decision-making errors, more innovation, less conflict, and a better overall performance. By understanding the value of curiosity, we can structure it into our organizations, and improve and grow our companies. Gino explains how we can overcome barriers to curiosity and champion a spirit of exploration.

At work, we’re often taught and expected to conform. Social pressures and rewards show us that it’s often easier, and more comfortable, to keep our heads down and go with the flow. But obeying the status quo comes with a heavy price, to ourselves and to our organizations, argues Francesca Gino. Drawing upon extensive research, fieldwork, and expert opinion, Gino has found that organizations can improve feelings of commitment, satisfaction, engagement, and authenticity in employees by encouraging what she calls ‘rebel talent.’ In this illuminating keynote, Gino offers six key strategies for those looking to instill constructive nonconformity. From encouraging feelings of authenticity, to eliminating boredom and injecting new learning opportunities, Gino’s talks identify the value of dissent in a workplace—and how to implement it. Dissent isn’t unhealthy; in fact, introducing a little non-conformity might be exactly what your organization needs. Keep your company smart, innovative, and—above all—happy with one of the most exciting and insightful behavioral economists working today.

We all make mistakes. After all, we’re only human. But what if our errors in judgment fell into concrete patterns? If we could identify the biases causing our mental lapses, we would make better decisions—especially in business. In this talk, Harvard business professor Francesca Gino outlines the four types of bias running rampant in today’s workplace. We’re biased toward our own success—locked into fixed mindsets and afraid to fail. We’re biased toward action, because it feels better to move than to stand still. We’re biased toward fitting in; we ignore our unique strengths for fear of judgment. And we’re biased toward expertise, overvaluing the clout of supposed authorities while deflating our own. These mindsets are easy, and, in fact, natural to fall into, but they’re hamstringing your organization’s ability to grow, evolve, and thrive. Join Gino as she guides your company through the pitfalls of bias and towards a healthier, more efficient office.

You may not realize it but simple, irrelevant factors can have profound consequences on your decisions and behavior, often diverting you from your original plans and desires. In this talk, Francesca Gino helps you identify and avoid these influences so the decisions you make do stick—and you finally reach your intended goals. She explores inconsistent decisions played out in a wide range of circumstances—from our roles as consumers and employees (what we buy, how we manage others) to the choices that we make more broadly as human beings (who we date, how we deal with friendships). What factors are likely to sway our decisions in directions we did not initially consider? And what can we do to correct for the subtle influences that derail our decisions? Gino helps you better understand the nuances of your decisions and how they get derailed—so you have more control over keeping them on track.

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Library Journal

“Entertaining and well written, in addition to being informative, this career self-help book won’t put you to sleep and might actually help you out of a rut. Recommended for business and career collections.”

Daniel H. Pink, NYT Bestselling Author

“Francesca Gino is one of the world’s most productive and creative social scientists. And with this book, she shows that she’s also one of the most persuasive. She makes a powerful and convincing case that letting loose our inner troublemaker can open up new vistas of creativity and problem-solving power.”

Ed Catmull, President of Pixar

“Francesca has a very personal and self-aware approach to bridging the gap between the social norms that glue us together, and the acts of challenging those norms. The rebellious approach has led to great advances, and it also has led to abuse. She pushes us to allow for people who challenge what we do, but with a grounding in thinking about the use of power and status in our businesses and in our lives.”


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