The Art of Insubordination: How to Dissent and Defy Effectively (Hardcover)

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A research-based toolbox for anyone who wants to create a world with more justice, creativity, and courage.

For ideas to evolve and for societies to progress, we desperately need rebels to challenge conventional wisdom and improve on it. Unfortunately, most of us fear nonconformists, perceiving them as disloyal, reckless, destructive, or just plain weird. Because most would-be rebels lack the strength and skills to overcome hostile audiences, principled insubordination remains an underleveraged asset in the workplace and public square.

Based on cutting-edge research, The Art of Insubordination is the essential guidebook for anyone seeking to be heard, make change, and rebel against an unhealthy, stagnant status quo. The book also gives the rest of us the evidence-based strategies we need to become better allies of our leaders in change, ensuring that the best ideas, products, and solutions survive and win the day. Inside this book lie answers to several questions, including:

   What are the most effective ways to express unpopular, important ideas?
   How can we help principled rebels be heard and influential?
   How can we better manage the discomfort when trying to rebel or interacting with a rebel?

Filled with fresh and engaging stories about dissenters in the trenches as well as science that will make you see the world in a different way, The Art of Insubordination is for anyone who wants to see more justice, creativity, inclusion, cultural dynamism, and innovation in the world.

About the Author

Todd B. Kashdan, Ph.D., is professor of psychology at George Mason University, and a leading authority on well-being, curiosity, courage, and resilience. He has published more than 200 scientific articles, his work has been cited more than 32,000 times, and he received the American Psychological Association’s Award for Distinguished Scientific Early Career Contributions to Psychology. His books Curious? and The Upside of Your Dark Side have been translated into more than fifteen languages. His writing has appeared in the Harvard Business Review, National Geographic, and other publications, and his research is featured regularly in media outlets such as The New York Times, The Atlantic, Fast Company, and Time. He’s a twin with twin daughters (plus one more), with plans to rapidly populate the world with great conversationalists.

Praise For…

Behavioral Scientist's Summer Book List 2021

“Todd Kashdan combines cutting-edge science and real-life stories about the kind of insubordination we need to make the world a better place. This is the book that all virtuous rebels need.”
—Charles Duhigg, bestselling author of The Power of Habit and Smarter Faster Better

"Why is it so difficult to do the right thing, especially when the system pushes against us? In this engaging, well-researched book, you'll discover practical ways to speak up, show up and make a difference."
—Seth Godin, author of Poke the Box

“Although dissent is an art, Kashdan shows us something even more important and practical—it’s also a science. He does so with an array of captivating and instructive accounts that reveal the value of this skill.”
—Robert B. Cialdini, author of Influence and Pre-Suasion

"Our world is broken, and this book can help us fix it. Todd Kashdan's work shows us the most effective ways to defy injustice and shake up the status quo in both big and small ways. This is the book we've been waiting for." 
—Judson Brewer, New York Times bestselling author of Unwinding Anxiety

With new research and original, inspiring stories, Kashdan has delivered a manifesto for individuals and organizations who want to spark innovation and creativity.”
—Susan David, PhD, author of the #1 Wall Street Journal bestseller Emotional Agility

"If the goal is to continually improve society and make your teams better, read this book. My hope is that The Art of Insubordination will be widely read to inspire a new generation of rebels with a cause."
Greg Lukianoff, co-author of the New York Times bestseller The Coddling of the American Mind
Product Details
ISBN: 9780593420881
ISBN-10: 0593420888
Publisher: Avery
Publication Date: February 15th, 2022
Pages: 288
Language: English