Strengths-Based Reflective Practices for the Management of Change: Applications from Sport and Positive Psychology

Martin Dixon, Sarah Lee, Tony Ghaye

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The aim of this article is to demonstrate how reflective practices can enable change to be better managed by business leaders and organizations. The paper is positioned within recent and significant developments in the field of learning through reflection. These developments have given rise to puzzles and challenges, but also some opportunities. We address one of these opportunities for the better management of change, namely the use of applied positive psychology and its relationship with the practices of reflection. A sporting cameo of a ‘team in turmoil’ provides a comparative analysis of three possible change management strategies to revive the fortunes of the team. The three strategies focus on: (a) Deficit-reduction, trouble-shooting and fixing problems
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)142-157
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Change Management
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2 Apr 2016



  • Reflective practice
  • Change management
  • Sport
  • Coaching

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