Meet Carmen Medina, a former CIA change agent and co-author of Rebels at Work: A Handbook for Leading Change from Within. Carmen spent 32 years at the Central Intelligence Agency. Her story as a heretic and change agent at CIA is featured in Adam Grant's bestseller Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World. Carmen is passionate about many things, but namely intelligence analysis, strategic thinking, and the diversity of thought and innovation.
In this episode, Carmen and I talk about the culture of the CIA and why she surprised many of her friends in the 80’s with her views. As the self-proclaimed “Analyst of Little Things,” Carmen breaks down what that means and how it has helped her in the world of intelligence analytics. We also talk about handling pushback when introducing new ideas and how to be an effective change agent, or rebel at work.
As you listen to this episode, I challenge you to think about someone who needs to hear about being a rebel in the workforce. Once you have someone in mind, please share this episode with them. Also, think about one tiny action that you can take to start being an effective change agent at work or in the world today. We need you!
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