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

Leadership advisor Richard Pascale defines “positive deviants” as individuals who live and work within the same limits and constraints as the rest of us, but who find a way to succeed against all odds. Importantly, Pascale encourages us to stop turning to experts to solve our more complex problems, but rather to look within to find those quiet, perhaps “invisible” innovators who just might already have the problems solved.

Speakers: Richard Pascale
Festival: 2015

Watch and Listen: Innovations

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