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Rebel with a cause

– By Andrew B Morris

Sometimes a business needs more than incremental change. In fact while we all recognise the importance of teamwork and the dangers of maverick ‘wunderkinds’, from time to time, every business can benefit from a rebel who comes along to shake things up, challenge behaviour and complacency and change its course.

This might be the leader or founder. But it is more likely to be someone lower down the hierarchy who is passionate and obstinate and prepared to break the rules to get things done.

These individuals have a kind of ‘Triple A’ status, because they are characterised by Ambition, Adventure and Achievement.

Like the sheriff in a western, they ride into town, kill the bad guys, set new values and beliefs and ride off into the sunset.

They don’t stay long, but they sure leave their mark.

Don’t be afraid of these people. They are not ‘terrorists’, they are missionaries!

They can – and will – change our world.


Andrew B MorrisAndrew Morris is Chief Executive of the Academy for Chief Executives, helping businesses to accelerate growth through better leadership.  Andrew describes himself as a creative businessman, who enjoys meeting people from all facets of life. His mantra is ‘take your job seriously, but not yourself.’

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