Learn more about Hidden Insights® through one of our events.  These are usually run in partnership with other organisations.  These are publicised here and through our newsletter, so sign up to our “news in your in-box”.

Our workshops are interactive and engaging.  They offer “real world” examples and plenty of takeaways in the form of case studies, good questions to ask and practical facilitation tips. Scroll down for examples of recent workshops.

We have run workshops for the Department of Health board, the Home Office, the National College of School Leadership/Virtual Staff College, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, Oxford Brookes University, Cambridgeshire County Council, NHS Institute and the European Organisational Design Forum among others.

Forthcoming Events

Hidden Insights update and “pick’n’mix” workshop

25th November 2016, Broadway House, Tothill Street, London SW1;  10.00 – 16.00

We warmly invite Hidden Insights sponsors and practitioners to join us to share their own Hidden Insights with others who are just starting the journey.  Hear from:

Kerrie Tonks, of Cambridgeshire County Council Youth Offer, about what has been achieved on the deprived Oxmoor Estate and

Julie Tidbury of West Sussex County Council, about how she used core Hidden Insights principles to define a new Youth Emotional Support service and raise £3m funding for it.

We will look at new developments with Hidden Insights, including our train the trainer pack, introduce new updates for existing practitioners, and new tools and techniques for everyone.  There will be a “think-tank” session led by sponsors on where we should be going.  The day is short enough to allow a visit to the Christmas lights afterwards…..

Click here for the outline,pdf download pdf file which will flex to meet participant needs.

Places for sponsors and practitioners are free, for others we are charging at just over cost (£95 + VAT).

Eventbrite - More with less? - Hidden Insights pick'n'mix workshop

Boosting engagement and productivity with positive deviance – joint workshop with CIPD Sussex Branch

Tuesday 10th January 2017, 6:30pm to 8:30pm, Brighton

How leaders can harness the hidden abilities and diversity of their teams to deliver big changes from small differences – within the same resources or less.

This interactive workshop shows how leaders can uncover and harness hidden “treasure” in your organisation, to do more with less. We will introduce a simple process and underlying principles, that liberate latent skills and effective behaviours.

We’ll share a couple of the key tools and take you through some case studies. These will show how, by turning traditional thinking about the role of leaders on its head, you can exceed expectations of performance, create sustainable performance improvements and an engaged workforce.

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See below for some examples of past events, and supporting resources.

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Sharing the learning and experience - celebrating 25 years of Positive Deviance - Copenhagen 31st October – 3rd November

Photo courtesy of the Positive Deviance Initiative (click image to see their Facebook page)

The conference attracted over 150 speakers and participants from around the globe.  Monique Sternin opened the conference.  The aim was to celebrate 25 years of Positive Deviance, from the Vietnam project.    Both the translators who were part of the project told their story – new insights into a familiar tale.  Dr Marian Zeitlin, whose book inspired the work, was also present.

We also learned from, and were challenged by, academics Richard Pascale and Keith Grint.  Practitioners and researchers from around the world were able to present their case studies and ask important questions about implementation, leadership, and scaling.  The third day included a live positive deviance inquiry into how refugees can settle successfully in a new host country.  The plan now is to take positive deviance to a new level, to raise awareness and sponsor research.

The conference confirmed the necessity of engaging leaders and sponsors, of collecting and using data and of a new mind-set – all of which is already included in the Hidden Insights programme.  (is there a better way of saying this that doesn’t sound so pompous?!)


It was also great to catch up with old friends such as Dr Jon Lloyd, who introduced me to one of the Clairton project members, and we learned how things have changed for the better with the school, which has moved from bottom of the league academically and for truancy, to above average.  Many other good things have spun off from the original project, including raising funds for a new youth centre.  Jaden Mcdougald told me all about it!


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Big benefits from small interventions - joint workshop with London Excellence - Thursday 20th October, 5:45pm to 7:30pm, London W1

Challenging traditional change thinking at London Excellence

A gathering from all sectors defied a train strike to hear Jane Lewis explain how Hidden Insights has adapted positive deviance facilitation and coaching practice for use in organisations.  The key theme was how apparently small changes in practice and behaviour can make huge differences in performance and results.  The feedback has been positive – people wanted more time to be able to process what was heard, and found the session “fascinating and thought provoking”.