What might be possible if community and organization members were fully engaged and using their strengths to collectively achieve shared visions?

Appreciative Inquiry is a collaborative, strength-based approach to both personal and organizational development that is proving to be highly effective in thousands of organizations and communities in hundreds of countries around the world. It is a way of bringing about change that shares leadership and learning - fully engaging everyone in the organization.

By focusing on the organization's strengths, you can evolve into a true “center of excellence”. Rather than focusing on problems, Appreciative Inquiry elicits solutions.

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[5 Aug 2014 by ]

I’d like to write a little about Destiny/Delivery – the last phase in the 5 D model of Appreciative Inquiry – because it’s the phase that’s taken me longest to understand. And it appears I’m not alone.
What makes this phase different to the others in the process? Up till this point we have been moving through a familiar pathway – we have defined a topic to inquire into, we have conducted a discovery into best experiences and we have created a dream, which has now been refined into a provocative proposition or …

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[28 Jul 2014 by ]

Is there anything better for a retired Community College President than to be asked to spend an hour chatting with graduate students? Jim Pulliam had just that opportunity this week AND I was lucky enough to sit in. He spoke to eleven college employees in an online graduate leadership program. The class is on consensus building and the topic for the week was to learn how Appreciative Inquiry is being used in colleges and universities.
The faculty member delivering the class had completed the Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator Training© years ago and …

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[21 Jul 2014 by ]

Interested in co-designing the next generation Appreciative Inquiry Commons Website? If so, please participate in Appreciative Inquiry Commons – Design Jam. Over the next three weeks (from Jul. 18 – Aug.9), you will collaborate alongside hundreds of other AI practitioners, managers, change agents, authors, students, and thought leaders, to engage in an Appreciative Inquiry process to co-design the Next Generation Appreciative Inquiry Commons.
In partnership with IdeaScale, a collective-design online platform, participants will post ideas and inspirations, vote on, comment on, and refine each other’s ideas, and help Discover, Dream, and …

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[20 May 2014 by ]

A few days ago I shared a fascinating HBR article on LinkedIn titled, “Become a Company That Questions Everything“. The article talks about how companies should encourage curiosity in the workforce by inviting employees and other stakeholders to ask questions. The article itself has a large graphic of the word “why”. As I shared the article on our various social media outlets, one person asked me if “why” is an appreciative question. I stopped what I was doing just so that I could let that question sink in. I mean, …

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[25 Apr 2014 by ]
It’s April, Let’s JAM (Jazz Appreciation Month)

If it is April, it must be Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM)! Even though I cannot read music, carry a tune, or have rhythm – this has not diminished my love for Jazz, or music in general. Frank Barrett, a professor of management at the Naval Postgraduate School in California – who is also a jazz pianist, believes change agents can learn a lot from Jazz such as the art of improvisation, continuous learning, and permission to experiment. (You can read Forbes’ article, Leadership Lessons From the Geniuses of Jazz where …