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date: 23 January 2021

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What if organizations could be structured and managed in ways that could unleash the full potential of those working within them? The paradox of hard-driving organizations and finding a way for people to thrive within organizations, we believe, is of paramount importance. Positive Organizational Scholarship (POS) is “the dynamics in organizations that lead to the development of human strength, foster resiliency in individuals, make possible healing and restoration, and cultivate extraordinary individual and organizational performance” (Cameron, 2003). Positive Deviance, a core principle of POS, and integrating Positive Meaning Making, Positive Emotions, and Positive Connections all help create a work environment that moves organizations toward increased employee happiness on the job and higher organizational efficiencies. Through a five-phased process, we have helped organizations to change their traditional focus on problem solving and integrate an abundance framework for better results.

Keywords: Positive Deviance, enablers, application, transformation, engagement, leadership

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