Positive deviance's debt to Leonardo da Vinci

By Rick Grbavac “Study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in.” – Leonard da Vinci Isn’t it interesting that, nearly 500 years ago, Leonardo Da Vinci identified one of the main causes of learning and training failures today as lack of desire?  Put in slightly different terms,  it’s not thinking about it in the right way first.  Positive deviants in any organization think about things in a different way, usually with a higher moral purpose than the rest of us.  They want to be great at what they do – that ‘desire’ that Leonardo mentions –  and have figured out how to do it effectively in their organization’s environment.  Leonardo said that without desire, study is wasted.  So it makes 500 years’ worth of sense to get people thinking like the positive deviants FIRST, which will contribute so much to making their study worthwhile.]]>

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