Contribution to new book – chapter on positive deviance

NEW!!  Read Jane Lewis’s article in the Change Leaders‘ first publication!

The Change Leaders new book
The Change Leaders new book

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes” – Marcel Proust

The Change Leaders alumni group celebrates 10 years of the Oxford-HEC master’s programme, Coaching and Consulting for Change with their own perspectives on change.  Jane has collaborated with Roberto Saco to tell the story of positive deviance and how it is evolving to help deliver change in the workplace.

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Sales Initiative Magazine sees the value of Hidden Insights(R) for your sales team

Following the launch of Hidden Insights(R) to the UK, we’ve been covered by Sales Initiative Magazine.  This publication features in-depth analysis of sales strategies and methodologies and Hidden Insights(R) is a proven tool for helping increase sales.


You can see the Merck & Co., Inc case study here.

Positive deviance in Paris – key learning points

Jane makes a point
Jane presenting – courtesy of Cecile Demailly

The first day of this year’s Change Leaders conference in Paris was devoted to positive deviance (PD) – an update on new case studies and what’s been learned since the sad passing of Jerry Sternin.   Denis Bourgeois, one of the former programme directors of the Consulting and Coaching for Change master’s programme, cited PD’s development as an important innovation to come out of the  programme.  Denis described PD as a “crack in the wall,” opportunistic approach to change, rather than a “bulldozer” approach.  But it’s not all “touchy-feely” as it is challenging and evidence-driven.

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Jane Lewis to talk about positive deviance at HMRC

Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs has invited Jane to give two presentations about positive deviance and Woodward Lewis’s new Hidden Insights® programme.  The first one took place at their in-house training centre, Lawress Hall, to leaders in their Estates and Support Services Department, who proved to be a very engaged, thoughtful and amusing group to work with.  Feedback was that they very much appreciated the new and different perspective that positive deviance brought to their current challenges.

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Indonesian positive deviance link to Woodward Lewis!

Whilst doing some research on what is going on in the world of Positive Deviance, we were really delighted to find that some of our blog posts have been reproduced on the website of the Positive Deviance Resource Centre, Faculty of  Public Health of the University of Indonesia.

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PD recommended to Home Secretary

The report on the Home Office pilot project is to be presented to the Home Secretary and other Home Office ministers, before being placed on the Home Office’s new best practice website.   We’ve had very positive feedback on the report itself and on the project – “a very good report that gives a really clear picture of what was achieved”, and “the project delivered positive outcomes  – a good story to tell”.  Continue reading

Updating our strategy

On Tuesday 10th January, the whole Woodward Lewis team was joined by Dr Keith Ruddle, associate fellow of both Said Business School and Green Templeton College, University of Oxford.  Keith has kindly agreed to be a member of our advisory panel.  Together, we worked through what we have learned during 2011, especially from the Home Office project and a strategy for helping our clients get the most from Positive Deviance by scaling up from a single project to a wider, more cohesive approach.  Elements will include programme planning and management, facilitator training and accreditation and experiential learning combined with local facilitator recruitment.