Thursday, June 9, 2011

Positive Deviance and ASD

Positive Deviance is the process wherein you look at what is working in a difficult situation and then find out why to see if it can be replicated elsewhere. The original book deals with Macro issues like female circumcision and childhood malnutrition. However yo can use a similar process in examining your life.

I imagine many of you have had multiple jobs that were challenging on multiple levels. You might have had meltdowns or conflicts or been fired. Instead of focusing on what went wrong try to find times when things went right and then figure out why. It may be something as simple as altering your eating time or as complex as a thought pattern that you hit on once but could not replicate at the time. A side benefit to the process is that you will be focusing on the positive rather than the negative.

If you get a chance check out the book Positive Deviance about how to affect change in difficult situations.

The Power of Positive Deviance: How Unlikely Innovators Solve the World's Toughest Problems

or their website at

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