Positive Deviance: How to be a Rebel for a Good Cause

A deviant is someone who veers from a cultural norm, diverges from a beaten path or thinks beyond the typical box. We generally consider deviance to be a problem. The term “positive deviance,” however, describes uncommon behaviors or strategies that are good. They are practices that are not normal, have positive outcomes and will move the organization to a better place.

You will learn to:

  • Recognize positive deviance as a positive construct and appreciate its benefits
  • Engage a positive deviant lens to access and optimize existing solutions 
  • Invite and encourage those with low authority to express and inform new possibilities
  • Optimize your team’s unique and collective intelligence to access and speed up innovation and positive change

You will benefit by:

  • Potentially generating and accessing new and exciting ideas and practices
  • Being able to get “outside the box” in how you think and what you accept
  • Accessing unrecognized solutions that foster ongoing positive change
  • Recognizing the positive benefits of small actions and contributions


Any manager or team leader who would like to increase vitality, engagement and innovation on their team

Curriculum Area

  • Leadership Development


Code: LDC1911

Presenter: Jennifer Evans

Cost: $179