The Power of Positive Deviance

The Power of Positive Deviance

How Unlikely Innovators Solve the World's Toughest Problems

Book - 2010
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Think of the toughest problems in your organization or community. What if they'd already been solved and you didn't even know it?

In The Power of Positive Deviance, the authors present a counterintuitive new approach to problem-solving. Their advice? Leverage positive deviants--the few individuals in a group who find unique ways to look at, and overcome, seemingly insoluble difficulties. By seeing solutions where others don't, positive deviants spread and sustain needed change.

With vivid, firsthand stories of how positive deviance has alleviated some of the world's toughest problems (malnutrition in Vietnam, staph infections in hospitals), the authors illuminate its core practices, including:

· Mobilizing communities to discover "invisible" solutions in their midst

· Using innovative designs to "act" your way into a new way of thinking instead of thinking your way into a new way of acting

· Confounding the organizational "immune response" seeking to sustain the status quo

Inspiring and insightful, The Power of Positive Deviance unveils a potent new way to tackle the thorniest challenges in your own company and community.
Publisher: Boston, Mass. : Harvard Business Press, c2010.
ISBN: 9781422110669
Branch Call Number: 362.0425 P278
Characteristics: xvi, 231 p. ; 25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Sternin, Jerry
Sternin, Monique
Alternative Title: Positive deviance


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Jun 01, 2012

I think I would have enjoyed this book even more in conventional format (not an ebook). Really inspiring stories. Such a common sense approach. Hearing complicated (but simple) problems like hunger, genital mutilation and hospital superbugs being effectively addressed. So much of the change has to be cultural/social in order for true progress to be made.....

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