In Kim Cameron’s Deviance Continuum, designed for use in businesses and other organizations, normality or healthy performance is a mid-point between positively deviant and negatively deviant performance. Negative and positive deviance are aberrations from normal functioning, problematic at one end and virtuous at the other.
In his chapter of the Oxford Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship, Marc Lavine defines positive deviance as “uncommon behavior that does not conform to expected norms but would be deemed positive by a referent group.” He explores a number of examples of positive deviance, mostly in social services settings, and ponders ways to increase the uptake of the idea in business settings.
The Positive Psychology and Leadership Conference was held March 19, 2010 at George Mason University. Meaningful change needs leadership, and each of us can make a positive difference, no matter what our position. That’s called leadership with a small “l”.