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Co-Creating a More Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive World with Appreciative Inquiry

Virtual Series Dates and Times

February 3, 2020 – 8:00am PST / 11:00am EST / 6:00pm EET & SAST
February 10, 2020 – 8:00am PST / 11:00am EST / 6:00pm EET & SAST
February 17, 2020 – 8:00am PST / 11:00am EST / 6:00pm EET & SAST
February 24, 2020 – 8:00am PST / 11:00am EST / 6:00pm EET & SAST

Virtual Series Overview

Learn how to apply Appreciative Inquiry (AI) to create the social change of our time. This moment is opportune for AI principles and tools to help focus our work on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) issues like #BlackLivesMatters, #MeToo and rise to the call to action.  So, come prepared to collaboratively inquire into what’s working and what’s possible to create the change we want to see in our workplaces, communities and family systems.

This course is designed to support you in taking DEI actions with AI principles, process and tools.  We invite you to come with a DEI project (big or small, personal or professional) that will ensure your learning through immediate application. We will help you identify the individual and collective strengths within your initiative, develop generative questions to engage in listening and storytelling for positive possibilities, and ensure you have an action plan to co-create a more diverse, equitable and inclusive destiny.

We will share our expertise working in the fields of DEI and OD, including our theory of change and model published in an Inclusive Leadership book (September 2020, Routledge*). However, this course will not be a diversity, equity and inclusion training, an unconscious bias assessment, nor an anti-racist webinar. We will provide links to those resources, some which will form part of the pre-work, as there are incredible colleagues who have devoted their life and work to building DEI knowledge and skill set deep dives (for longer than the duration of this course permits).

This course is designed for all Appreciative Inquiry skill levels, whether you are new to AI or you’re an AI expert and yearning to incorporate DEI into your living AI practice. As BIPOC women facilitators, AI has been central to our resilience in social change work and strengthened our call-in culture work in organizations.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of participating in this 4-webinar series you will be able to:

Deepen your Appreciative Inquiry practice and tools.
Actively contribute to a more diverse, equitable and inclusive world.
Work on your own DEI project at work, home or in your community using AI principles and tools.
Establish a learning and accountability process and community for your AI DEI work.
Create an Action Plan for your DEI project’s destiny.

Target Audience

AI practitioners and AI students, consultants, coaches, collaborative group leaders, DEI practitioners interested in AI and anyone seeking to strengthen their Appreciative Inquiry practices and tools to increase their diversity, equity and inclusion work at work, home, or in their communities.

Virtual Webinar Series

WEBINAR #1: CREATING A SAFE CONTAINER AND BUILDING A COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE
February 3, 2021 at 8:00am PST / 11:00am EST / 6:00pm EET & SAST

We will share a relational theory of change and appreciative leadership model applied to DEI. We will discuss and identify various diversity markers and explore the term intersectionality, coined by Kimberlé Crenshaw, with an additional AI lens, e.g. “how might the term serve as a meaningful metaphor for bringing out the best of women by exploring layers of strengths and wisdom developed by living with multiple forms of inequality and disadvantage” (Thriving Women, Thriving World. 2019, Taos*). We will build understanding and trust through paired work and group shared agreements. The discussions will be informed in part through DEI pre-readings and personal experiences of positive change.

WEBINAR #2: PROJECT-BASED WORK
February 10, 2021 at 8:00am PST / 11:00am EST / 6:00pm EET & SAST

We will review and integrate AI principles, tools, and or process into each person’s identified personal or professional DEI project. Small groups will learn and practice a strengths-based peer mentoring and coaching mastermind process to build, brainstorm and peer feedback on each project. The process involves amplifying and dreaming into what is possible.

WEBINAR #3: LEARNING, ACCOUNTABILITY, AND INSPIRATION
February 17, 2021 at 8:00am PST / 11:00am EST / 6:00pm EET & SAST

We will review and explore how the projects, following asynchronous project building, can go further with deeper reflection and breakthroughs on limiting beliefs. We will craft and use generative questions to center living AI and DEI ethos and values in your professional and personal processes. Understanding the wholeness principle, embodied knowledge will also be explored as a catalyst for breakthroughs. What is emerging that informs our DEI future?  How can this be practically applied?  Where do you need further support?  How can we share, learn and grow as an AI DEI community?  What are the generative questions we need to consistently and persistently be asking to grow our DEI strengths-based practice?

WEBINAR #4: AI ACTION PLANS IN INDIVIDUAL, COLLECTIVE, AND SYSTEMIC DEI INITIATIVES
February 24, 2021 at 8:00am PST / 11:00am EST / 6:00pm EET & SAST

We will conclude harvesting the projects review and exploration. We will reflect on and converge all our key insights and emerging wisdom in order to apply the course practices, tools and processes to multiple arenas in our life beyond the project. Further application of AI in DEI work will be discussed using a multilevel systems framework of inclusion.

To strengthen our community of practice, supportive materials, resources and recommended readings will be made available, as well as between-session sharing of practices, questions, and reflections (e.g. new ways of thinking).

Method of Delivery

This course will be presented using Zoom over 4 weeks with a two-hour webinar per week. Prior to this event, the facilitators will email you everything you need to participate in this course, including: the Zoom meeting login information and a link to a collaboration space on Google.

Please note: these virtual webinar sessions will not by recorded for asynchronous viewing due to the experiential nature of the session and the extensive time working and learning in small groups. Asynchronous learning will focus on DEI resources and Appreciative Inquiry resources from the AI commons.

Additionally, the course is designed as project-based learning, so plan on initiatives thriving with 3 hours of asynchronous group work.

Monday Kickstarter: Holiday Series

SCHEDULE:

Dates: Monday, November 8th and Monday, November 15th, 2021
Time: 12:30-1:00pm Eastern Time

This 2-week Zoom series serve as an opportunity for you to practice generative questions and positive framing on issues and concerns you are currently experiencing. You do not need to attend both sessions to benefit from this virtual series. Please feel free to pop in and out of these sessions as necessary. We encourage you to invite your friends, families, and colleagues who may benefit from these sessions – all are welcome to participate. You only need to register once to participate in this series.

Please note: These virtual sessions will be recorded and saved for participants who are unable to attend these scheduled events. A link to this recording will be provided so that participants can view/listen to the recording at a time that works best for them.

EVENT DESCRIPTION:

We are living in challenging times, many of us juggle stress, concerns, and challenges daily. We can move forward in ways that offer renewal, reinvention, and resiliency simply by changing our conversations.

The nature of our conversation is fateful. The way we think and talk about any given situation determines whether we feel energized and good about it, or drained and exhausted. Grounded in our book, Conversations Worth Having: Using Appreciative Inquiry to Fuel Productive and Meaningful Engagement, we will be working with whoever is on the call to transform negative, problematic, and stressful interactions they share into life-giving and generative conversations. You’ll have the opportunity to practice asking generative questions to change the way you think about things, interact with others, and create a possibility mindset by talking about what you want instead of what you don’t want. The two practices—generative questions and positive framing–allow you to address even the most challenging problems with creativity and energy.

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

You will walk away prepared to:

  • Shift your mindset to foster resilience and positivity;
  • Fuel productive and meaningful engagement;
  • Communicate effectively with colleagues, constituents, and family;
  • Ask questions that communicate care and deepen connection; and
  • Frame complex problems to inspire creativity and innovative solutions.

EVENT VIDEOS AND MATERIALS:

To help you prepare for these live conversations, we encourage you to view our quick CWH overview and download your free Conversation toolkit as well as the Preface and Introduction to Conversations Worth Having: Using Appreciative Inquiry to Fuel Productive and Meaningful Engagementhttps://conversationsworthhaving.today/

METHOD OF DELIVERY:

These live events will be delivered and recorded using Zoom. You can participate in these live events using any device: computer, tablet, or mobile. Please participate using the dial-in method you feel most comfortable with. You can find the virtual log-in information below:

Meeting ID: 931 8159 6501 / Password: 456149
Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/93181596501?pwd=SkczaG1GQ28rMndIQkdEQnJSNWsrZz09
One tap mobile: +13017158592,,93181596501#,,,,,,0#,,456149# US (Germantown) OR +13126266799,,93181596501#,,,,,,0#,,456149# US (Chicago)

If you have any questions about this event or have difficulty connecting in Zoom, please contact Cheri Torres at cheri@conversationsworthhaving.today.

CONTINUED LEARNING AND PRACTICE:

If you wish to continue learning about Conversations Worth Having, we invite you to join us for the virtual Conversations Worth Having Bootcamps.

EVENT IS OFFERED IN COLLABORATION WITH:

Monday Kickstarter: Turn Stress & Challenges into Conversations Worth Having

SCHEDULE:

Dates: Every Monday (July 12 – August 23, 2021)
Time: 12:30-1:00pm Eastern Time

These 7-weekly Zoom sessions serve as an opportunity for you to practice generative questions and positive framing on issues and concerns you are currently experiencing. You do not need to attend all 7 sessions to benefit from this virtual series. Please feel free to pop in and out of these sessions as necessary. We encourage you to invite your friends, families, and colleagues who may benefit from these sessions – all are welcome to participate. You only need to register once to participate in the weekly sessions.

Please note: These virtual sessions will be recorded and saved for participants who are unable to attend these scheduled events. A link to this recording will be provided so that participants can view/listen to the recording at a time that works best for them.

EVENT DESCRIPTION:

We are living in challenging times, many of us juggle stress, concerns, and challenges daily. We can move forward in ways that offer renewal, reinvention, and resiliency simply by changing our conversations.

The nature of our conversation is fateful. The way we think and talk about any given situation determines whether we feel energized and good about it, or drained and exhausted. Grounded in our book, Conversations Worth Having: Using Appreciative Inquiry to Fuel Productive and Meaningful Engagement, we will be working with whoever is on the call to transform negative, problematic, and stressful interactions they share into life-giving and generative conversations. You’ll have the opportunity to practice asking generative questions to change the way you think about things, interact with others, and create a possibility mindset by talking about what you want instead of what you don’t want. The two practices—generative questions and positive framing–allow you to address even the most challenging problems with creativity and energy.

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

You will walk away prepared to:

  • Shift your mindset to foster resilience and positivity;
  • Fuel productive and meaningful engagement;
  • Communicate effectively with colleagues, constituents, and family;
  • Ask questions that communicate care and deepen connection; and
  • Frame complex problems to inspire creativity and innovative solutions.

EVENT VIDEOS AND MATERIALS:

To help you prepare for these live conversations, we encourage you to view our quick CWH overview and download your free Conversation toolkit as well as the Preface and Introduction to Conversations Worth Having: Using Appreciative Inquiry to Fuel Productive and Meaningful Engagementhttps://conversationsworthhaving.today/

METHOD OF DELIVERY:

These live events will be delivered and recorded using Zoom. You can participate in these live events using any device: computer, tablet, or mobile. Please participate using the dial-in method you feel most comfortable with. You can find the virtual log-in information below:

Meeting ID: 931 8159 6501 / Password: 456149
Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/93181596501?pwd=SkczaG1GQ28rMndIQkdEQnJSNWsrZz09
One tap mobile: +13017158592,,93181596501#,,,,,,0#,,456149# US (Germantown) OR +13126266799,,93181596501#,,,,,,0#,,456149# US (Chicago)

If you have any questions about this event or have difficulty connecting in Zoom, please contact Cheri Torres at cheri@conversationsworthhaving.today.

CONTINUED LEARNING AND PRACTICE:

If you wish to continue learning about Conversations Worth Having, we invite you to join us for the virtual Conversations Worth Having Bootcamps.

EVENT IS OFFERED IN COLLABORATION WITH:

Monday Kickstarter: Turn Stress & Challenges into Conversations Worth Having

SCHEDULE:

Dates: Every Monday (April 26 – June 7, 2021)
Time: 12:30-1:00pm Eastern Time

These 7-weekly Zoom sessions serve as an opportunity for you to practice generative questions and positive framing on issues and concerns you are currently experiencing. You do not need to attend all 7 sessions to benefit from this virtual series. Please feel free to pop in and out of these sessions as necessary. We encourage you to invite your friends, families, and colleagues who may benefit from these sessions – all are welcome to participate. You only need to register once to participate in the weekly sessions.

Please note: These virtual sessions will be recorded and saved for participants who are unable to attend these scheduled events. A link to this recording will be provided so that participants can view/listen to the recording at a time that works best for them.

EVENT DESCRIPTION:

We are living in challenging times, many of us juggle stress, concerns, and challenges daily. We can move forward in ways that offer renewal, reinvention, and resiliency simply by changing our conversations.

The nature of our conversation is fateful. The way we think and talk about any given situation determines whether we feel energized and good about it, or drained and exhausted. Grounded in our book, Conversations Worth Having: Using Appreciative Inquiry to Fuel Productive and Meaningful Engagement, we will be working with whoever is on the call to transform negative, problematic, and stressful interactions they share into life-giving and generative conversations. You’ll have the opportunity to practice asking generative questions to change the way you think about things, interact with others, and create a possibility mindset by talking about what you want instead of what you don’t want. The two practices—generative questions and positive framing–allow you to address even the most challenging problems with creativity and energy.

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

You will walk away prepared to:

  • Shift your mindset to foster resilience and positivity;
  • Fuel productive and meaningful engagement;
  • Communicate effectively with colleagues, constituents, and family;
  • Ask questions that communicate care and deepen connection; and
  • Frame complex problems to inspire creativity and innovative solutions.

EVENT VIDEOS AND MATERIALS:

To help you prepare for these live conversations, we encourage you to view our quick CWH overview and download your free Conversation toolkit as well as the Preface and Introduction to Conversations Worth Having: Using Appreciative Inquiry to Fuel Productive and Meaningful Engagementhttps://conversationsworthhaving.today/

METHOD OF DELIVERY:

These live events will be delivered and recorded using Zoom. You can participate in these live events using any device: computer, tablet, or mobile. Please participate using the dial-in method you feel most comfortable with. You can find the virtual log-in information below:

Meeting ID: 931 8159 6501 / Password: 456149
Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/93181596501?pwd=SkczaG1GQ28rMndIQkdEQnJSNWsrZz09
One tap mobile: +13017158592,,93181596501#,,,,,,0#,,456149# US (Germantown) OR +13126266799,,93181596501#,,,,,,0#,,456149# US (Chicago)

If you have any questions about this event or have difficulty connecting in Zoom, please contact Cheri Torres at cheri@conversationsworthhaving.today.

CONTINUED LEARNING AND PRACTICE:

If you wish to continue learning about Conversations Worth Having, we invite you to join us for the virtual Conversations Worth Having Bootcamps.

EVENT IS OFFERED IN COLLABORATION WITH:

Monday Kickstarter: Turn Stress & Challenges into Conversations Worth Having

SCHEDULE:

Dates: Every Monday (February 1 – March 15, 2021)
Time: 12:30-1:00pm Eastern Time

These 7-weekly Zoom sessions serve as an opportunity for you to practice generative questions and positive framing on issues and concerns you are currently experiencing. You do not need to attend all 7 sessions to benefit from this virtual series. Please feel free to pop in and out of these sessions as necessary. We encourage you to invite your friends, families, and colleagues who may benefit from these sessions – all are welcome to participate. You only need to register once to participate in the weekly sessions.

Please note: These virtual sessions will be recorded and saved for participants who are unable to attend these scheduled events. A link to this recording will be provided so that participants can view/listen to the recording at a time that works best for them.

EVENT DESCRIPTION:

We are living in challenging times, many of us juggle stress, concerns, and challenges daily. We can move forward in ways that offer renewal, reinvention, and resiliency simply by changing our conversations.

The nature of our conversation is fateful. The way we think and talk about any given situation determines whether we feel energized and good about it, or drained and exhausted. Grounded in our book, Conversations Worth Having: Using Appreciative Inquiry to Fuel Productive and Meaningful Engagement, we will be working with whoever is on the call to transform negative, problematic, and stressful interactions they share into life-giving and generative conversations. You’ll have the opportunity to practice asking generative questions to change the way you think about things, interact with others, and create a possibility mindset by talking about what you want instead of what you don’t want. The two practices—generative questions and positive framing–allow you to address even the most challenging problems with creativity and energy.

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

You will walk away prepared to:

  • Shift your mindset to foster resilience and positivity;
  • Fuel productive and meaningful engagement;
  • Communicate effectively with colleagues, constituents, and family;
  • Ask questions that communicate care and deepen connection; and
  • Frame complex problems to inspire creativity and innovative solutions.

EVENT VIDEOS AND MATERIALS:

To help you prepare for these live conversations, we encourage you to view our quick CWH overview and download your free Conversation toolkit as well as the Preface and Introduction to Conversations Worth Having: Using Appreciative Inquiry to Fuel Productive and Meaningful Engagementhttps://conversationsworthhaving.today/

METHOD OF DELIVERY:

These live events will be delivered and recorded using Zoom. You can participate in these live events using any device: computer, tablet, or mobile. Please participate using the dial-in method you feel most comfortable with. You can find the virtual log-in information below:

Meeting ID: 931 8159 6501 / Password: 456149
Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/93181596501?pwd=SkczaG1GQ28rMndIQkdEQnJSNWsrZz09
One tap mobile: +13017158592,,93181596501#,,,,,,0#,,456149# US (Germantown) OR +13126266799,,93181596501#,,,,,,0#,,456149# US (Chicago)

If you have any questions about this event or have difficulty connecting in Zoom, please contact Cheri Torres at cheri@conversationsworthhaving.today.

CONTINUED LEARNING AND PRACTICE:

If you wish to continue learning about Conversations Worth Having, we invite you to join us for the virtual Conversations Worth Having Bootcamps.

EVENT IS OFFERED IN COLLABORATION WITH:

Facilitation of a Large Group Appreciative Inquiry in the Virtual World: A Case Study

Event Date and Time:

Date: Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Time: 9:00-11:00am Pacific Time / 12:00-2:00pm Eastern Time

Description:

When the coronavirus pandemic up-ended Gateway Technical College’s plan to bring 250 faculty together on campus for a day-long Appreciative Inquiry, they decided to step into the unknown and create a large-scale virtual AI on Excellence in Teaching and Learning. The college and its long-time partner Inspired Engagement, a consulting firm based in Tucson, Arizona, collaborated to design, develop, and facilitate two highly engaging half-day  sessions in a synchronous virtual environment using Zoom, Google Docs and Google Forms. Faculty left energized and excited about the visions they created for teaching and learning.

Join Scott Geddis and Dr. John Thibodeau in this 2-hour webinar as they share the processes and tools they used in conducting this very successful inquiry.  Participants will receive sample copies of all the tools and forms used.

Target Audience:

This webinar is designed to support participants who have some experience conducting an Appreciative Inquiry.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Review the Appreciative Inquiry Process and activities, including paired interviews, storytelling, theme collection, theme affinity, communities of interest, SOAR, provocative propositions, strategic intentions and actions and the offering of personal gifts, commitments and requests;
  • Understand how Zoom was utilized to include all 250 participants in the inquiry including the use of multiple Zoom rooms, multiple room hosts, Zoom breakout rooms, and pre-recorded activity instructions;
  • Understand how Google Docs and Google Forms were utilized to both coordinate the flow of participants and collect significant amounts of data created by the participants during the inquiry;
  • Review post-session feedback from the inquiry participants;
  • Explore applications for your AI practice.

Method of Delivery:

These live events will be delivered and recorded using Zoom. You can participate in these live events using any device: computer, tablet, or mobile. Please participate using the dial-in method you feel most comfortable with. You will receive the meeting login information for this event in a confirmation email upon registration.

If you have any questions about this event or have difficulty connecting in Zoom, please contact Scott Geddis at scott@inspired-engagement.com.

Strategic Conversation Bootcamp – Two 2.5-Hour Virtual Sessions

Scheduled Virtual Sessions:

Day 1: Wednesday, March 31, 2021 @ 9:00-11:30am Pacific Time / 12:00-2:30pm Eastern Time
Day 2: Thursday, April 1, 2021 @ 9:00-11:30am Pacific Time / 12:00-2:30pm Eastern Time

Please note: ALL virtual sessions will be recorded and saved for participants who are unable to attend a scheduled webinar. Links to the recordings will be provided so that participants can view/listen to the recording at a time that works best for them.

Strategic Conversation Bootcamp Overview:

A lack of strategic thinking and planning in organizations is costly. The greatest expense is the investment of time and resources into activities that do not support company goals or the mission. In addition, employees show up, do their work, and go home. This results in missed opportunities. Without a context for their work, employees are not inspired to think or plan creatively about process improvement, innovation, or cost savings. And anyone who has tried knows, it can be a struggle to get teams to buy-in to strategic goals, much less think and work in alignment with those goals.

Developing your leadership ability for strategic thinking and planning, coupled with the skills to engage in strategic conversations significantly improves your value as a leader. The days of hiring an outside agency to create a strategic plan for your organization are over; so too should be strategic plans developed at the top and handed down for others to implement. Organizations poised for growth and success have leaders who are adopting strategic thinking as an on-going way of doing business and strategic planning that engages employees across the whole organization as well as external stakeholders. They engage everyone in developing agile plans, cycles of experimentation and learning, innovation, and measuring actions against relevant metrics.

COURSE OUTCOMES:
This training will prepare you to engage your teams in strategic conversations that can:

Increase productivity, engagements, and organizational effectiveness;
Reduce costs, misalignment, and conflicts;
Improve customer service levels;
Innovate in the face of challenges; and
Make a positive contribution to the bottom line.

Using two very powerful methodologies (SOAR and the Appreciative Inquiry 5-D Cycle), you will have the tools to engage teams from a whole system perspective in conversations to:

Address short- and long-term challenges, systems, and innovation;
Explore strengths, dynamic capabilities, and opportunities;
Develop or re-evaluate organization’s values, vision, and mission statements;
Set goals, objectives, strategies, and action plans;
Clarify roles, relationships, and expectations; and
Track progress through regular cycles of action learning.

This bootcamp will support your capacity and develop capabilities to have strategic conversations at the level of the individual, team, division, and the whole organization or community.

Course Modules:

MODULE 1: LEARN TO SOAR

PURPOSE: Appreciate the value of strategic thinking and use SOAR to foster strategic conversations.

OBJECTIVES:

Identify common opportunities to foster strategic conversations.
Understand how to apply SOAR to support those conversations.
Craft SOAR-based questions to inspire effective strategic conversations.

MODULE 2: THE AI 5-D CYCLE

PURPOSE: Entertain strategic conversations at scale, e.g., strategic planning or whole system change, using the 5-D Cycle.

OBJECTIVES:

Learn how you engage whole systems in strategic conversations.
Understand how the two AI practices – positive framing and generative questions – apply to the 5-D Cycle.
Identify opportunities to facilitate whole system conversations.

MODULE 3: STRATEGIC AREA FOR APPLICATION

PURPOSE: Build capacity for practical application of SOAR and the 5-D Cycle.

OBJECTIVES:

Recognize and frame opportunities for strategic conversations at multiple levels of the organization.
Generate questions and create an inquiry.
Initiate a plan-of-action to use SOAR, Quick SOAR, or the 5-D Cycle to host a strategic conversation or strategic planning event.

MODULE 4: PEER COACHING FOR PROJECT DEVELOPMENT

PURPOSE: Give and receive feedforward on strategic conversation projects.

OBJECTIVES:

Share your prototype for your strategic conversation and receive feedforward.
Provide feedforward to improve conversation topics and questions.
Learn and improve overall strategic conversational capacity.

Method of Delivery:

These live events will be delivered and recorded using Zoom. You can participate in these live events using any device: computer, tablet, or mobile. Please participate using the dial-in method you feel most comfortable with. You will receive the meeting login information for this event in a confirmation email upon registration.

Conversations Worth Having (CWH) Bootcamps are Co-Sponsored by:

 

 

 

 

Strategic Conversation Bootcamp – Two 2.5-Hour Virtual Sessions

Scheduled Virtual Sessions:

Day 1: Thursday, August 12, 2021 @ 5:00-7:30am Pacific Time / 8:00-10:30am Eastern Time
Day 2: Friday, August 13, 2021 @ 5:00-7:30am Pacific Time / 8:00-10:30am Eastern Time

Please note: ALL virtual sessions will be recorded and saved for participants who are unable to attend a scheduled webinar. Links to the recordings will be provided so that participants can view/listen to the recording at a time that works best for them.

Strategic Conversation Bootcamp Overview:

A lack of strategic thinking and planning in organizations is costly. The greatest expense is the investment of time and resources into activities that do not support company goals or the mission. In addition, employees show up, do their work, and go home. This results in missed opportunities. Without a context for their work, employees are not inspired to think or plan creatively about process improvement, innovation, or cost savings. And anyone who has tried knows, it can be a struggle to get teams to buy-in to strategic goals, much less think and work in alignment with those goals.

Developing your leadership ability for strategic thinking and planning, coupled with the skills to engage in strategic conversations significantly improves your value as a leader. The days of hiring an outside agency to create a strategic plan for your organization are over; so too should be strategic plans developed at the top and handed down for others to implement. Organizations poised for growth and success have leaders who are adopting strategic thinking as an on-going way of doing business and strategic planning that engages employees across the whole organization as well as external stakeholders. They engage everyone in developing agile plans, cycles of experimentation and learning, innovation, and measuring actions against relevant metrics.

COURSE OUTCOMES:
This training will prepare you to engage your teams in strategic conversations that can:

Increase productivity, engagements, and organizational effectiveness;
Reduce costs, misalignment, and conflicts;
Improve customer service levels;
Innovate in the face of challenges; and
Make a positive contribution to the bottom line.

Using two very powerful methodologies (SOAR and the Appreciative Inquiry 5-D Cycle), you will have the tools to engage teams from a whole system perspective in conversations to:

Address short- and long-term challenges, systems, and innovation;
Explore strengths, dynamic capabilities, and opportunities;
Develop or re-evaluate organization’s values, vision, and mission statements;
Set goals, objectives, strategies, and action plans;
Clarify roles, relationships, and expectations; and
Track progress through regular cycles of action learning.

This bootcamp will support your capacity and develop capabilities to have strategic conversations at the level of the individual, team, division, and the whole organization or community.

Course Modules:

MODULE 1: LEARN TO SOAR

PURPOSE: Appreciate the value of strategic thinking and use SOAR to foster strategic conversations.

OBJECTIVES:

Identify common opportunities to foster strategic conversations.
Understand how to apply SOAR to support those conversations.
Craft SOAR-based questions to inspire effective strategic conversations.

MODULE 2: THE AI 5-D CYCLE

PURPOSE: Entertain strategic conversations at scale, e.g., strategic planning or whole system change, using the 5-D Cycle.

OBJECTIVES:

Learn how you engage whole systems in strategic conversations.
Understand how the two AI practices – positive framing and generative questions – apply to the 5-D Cycle.
Identify opportunities to facilitate whole system conversations.

MODULE 3: STRATEGIC AREA FOR APPLICATION

PURPOSE: Build capacity for practical application of SOAR and the 5-D Cycle.

OBJECTIVES:

Recognize and frame opportunities for strategic conversations at multiple levels of the organization.
Generate questions and create an inquiry.
Initiate a plan-of-action to use SOAR, Quick SOAR, or the 5-D Cycle to host a strategic conversation or strategic planning event.

MODULE 4: PEER COACHING FOR PROJECT DEVELOPMENT

PURPOSE: Give and receive feedforward on strategic conversation projects.

OBJECTIVES:

Share your prototype for your strategic conversation and receive feedforward.
Provide feedforward to improve conversation topics and questions.
Learn and improve overall strategic conversational capacity.

Method of Delivery:

These live events will be delivered and recorded using Zoom. You can participate in these live events using any device: computer, tablet, or mobile. Please participate using the dial-in method you feel most comfortable with. You will receive the meeting login information for this event in a confirmation email upon registration.

Conversations Worth Having (CWH) Bootcamps are Co-Sponsored by:

 

 

 

 

Leading Appreciatively: Helping People Thrive

Event Date & Time:

Date: Thursday, November 12, 2020
Time: 9:00-10:15am Pacific Time / 12:00-1:15pm Eastern Time

Event Description:

There is a shift in leadership. Our views of organizations as machines, and of people as parts of those machines, are shifting. The understanding of how organizations work is shifting to one that recognizes organizations as complex and more human. There is a shift away from the outdated top-heavy bureaucracies to a sense of the organization as something capable of being more human, of being a place where people can collaborate, grow and find meaning. It is a place where people can not only feel heard but also feel that their enormous capacities for good and innovation are being magnified and utilized to build stronger, better and more resilient organizations that recognize the power of the human spirit. Leaders of such organizations are typically appreciative leaders who see the good in people, value all voices, inspire generative thinking, open up to new possibilities, challenge the status quo, and inspire better ways of being. Appreciative leaders recognize the incredibly powerful forces that are unleashed when one leads with positive intent and has conversations that elevate engagement and encourage people to thrive.

Leadership has seldom been more demanding. Leaders need absolute clarity on what their followers need in these volatile times. The ever-changing, and increasingly complex world demands a move away from a deficit-based, problem-solving approach to leadership. Problems in the 21st century are unstructured, non-technical and complex. Leadership is no longer in the mold of “machine repair.” It requires leaders who can navigate this multifaceted arena, and who understand that leadership is less about interventions and answers, and more about inquiry and appreciation. A Gallup research team asked more than 10,000 followers what the most influential leaders contributed to their lives. The answers were trust, compassion, stability and hope.

Appreciative leaders understand that people and relationships thrive, confidence grows and innovative thought is sparked when people are able to share their hopes and dreams, their concerns and wishes in affirming and positive ways, and see the best in themselves and others, so that they may together create new and better environment for all.

Learning Outcomes:

Participants will:

  • Understand the role of the appreciative leader in meeting the needs of followers.
  • Learn the 4 needs of followers.
  • Learn practical tools to ensure leadership success and ignite the talents of others.

Event designed for:

Leaders in businesses and corporations, community development, other educational organizations (four-year colleges, universities, schools), governmental organizations, and nonprofit organizations–in short, anyone who wants to learn how to lead Appreciatively.

Method of Delivery:

These live events will be delivered and recorded using Zoom. You can participate in these live events using any device: computer, tablet, or mobile. Please participate using the dial-in method you feel most comfortable with. You will receive the meeting login information for this event in a confirmation email upon registration.

If you have any questions about this event or have difficulty connecting in Zoom, please contact Peter Dry at PeterDry@thepdlearninggroup.com.

Event is offered in collaboration with:

Virtual Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator Training (vAIFT)

What might be possible if a community of individuals were fully engaged and using their strengths to collectively achieve shared visions?

WHAT IS APPRECIATIVE INQUIRY?

Appreciative Inquiry is a collaborative, strengths-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.

VIRTUAL AIFT PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Virtual Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator Training (vAIFT) © is a two-week online certification program that engages participants to learn about the foundations and principles of Appreciative Inquiry as well as provide the skills necessary to facilitate appreciative inquiry sessions in all human systems (large or small). This course teaches the basics of Appreciative Inquiry (e.g. principles, 5-Ds, supporting theory and research, etc.) but delves deeper by providing experiential exercises that teach participants how to define the topic of inquiry, practice positive framing, work with core teams, design and field test an interview protocol, and more…

This Appreciative Inquiry foundations course includes mini-lectures, and experiential learning (individual, pairs, trios, small group, and large group) as well as auditory and visual materials to enhance the learning experience.

TRAINING IS DESIGNED FOR:

Leaders in businesses and corporations, community development, educational organizations, governmental organizations, and nonprofit organizations–in short, anyone who wants to learn how to facilitate Appreciative Inquiry.

TRAINING SCHEDULE AND HOURS

The virtual Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator Training (vAIFT) is designed to be a blended learning experience. This means portions of the course will be delivered synchronously (in real-time through services like Zoom) and asynchronously (you read and participate in activities and exercises at a time/pace/place that works best for you to be ready for the synchronous session). The combination of synchronous and asynchronous work will equate to 26 training hours (same as our face-to-face AIFT program). Participants will need to complete the program in its entirety to be eligible to earn their AI Facilitator Certification, this includes participating in all synchronous sessions.

Please note: the synchronous portions of the vAIFT are highly experiential and will not be recorded. The vAIFT Trainers will be utilizing breakout rooms to develop community and trust amongst participants, conduct paired interviews, and engage in small group discussions and reflections.

vAIFT TRAINING DATES/TIMES:

The virtual AIFT program is an intensive program spanning over the course of 2 weeks.

*To ensure that all participants are off to a strong start, your vAIFT trainers will host a live orientation session via Zoom – Wednesday, January 13th at 4:00 p.m. Pacific.

The ASYNCHRONOUS portion of your training begins:

  • Wednesday, January 13, 2021 with introductory activities and runs throughout the 2 weeks of synchronous learning. You will receive login information to the Center for Appreciative Inquiry’s (CAI) online learning platform closer to the vAIFT start date.

The SYNCHRONOUS portion of your training runs:

  • Monday through Thursday (January 18-29, 2021) – 4:00pm-6:00pm Pacific Time (‘real time’ learning with your vAIFT trainers) Attendance is required at all live sessions to be eligible for certification.

VIRTUAL OFFICE HOURS – To Be Determined

AIFT is divided into 4 ‘segments’. Each segment consists of modules containing exercises, readings, and discussions.

SEGMENT I – Experiencing Appreciative Inquiry

Learn basic processes and experience AI by participating in a facilitated Appreciative Inquiry led by the Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator Training Trainers

SEGMENT II – Understanding the Power of Appreciative Inquiry

Actively learn about the concepts, principles, theories and research.

SEGMENT III – Planning and Designing an Appreciative Inquiry Session

Plan and practice how you will begin helping your organization, group, or community build upon their strengths.

SEGMENT IV – Practicing Appreciative Inquiry Applications
  • Practice exercises you can take home to use Appreciative Inquiry in your personal and professional life.
  • Practice choosing the best language, words for facilitating Appreciative Inquiry within a particular culture.
  • Begin developing your plan to become a certified Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator by completing a Practicum/Supervised Experience.

We will start our synchronous sessions on time and work diligently to maintain the vAIFT schedule, honoring our commitment to the learning experience. We have found full participation to be the most productive for the participants and the trainers.

KEY LEARNING OUTCOMES:

As a fully engaged participant in the Virtual Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator Training (vAIFT©), you will leave the workshop better able to:

  1. Create/enhance your personal way of being and doing in order to use an appreciative approach; focus on what’s right in your world, so that you can deeply inquire into what’s right and why, and then find ways of intentionally creating more of what’s right in your world.
  2. Facilitate individuals, groups, organizations, and communities to create collective ways of being and doing using an appreciative approach; that will help them focus on what’s right so that they can deeply inquire into what’s right and why, and then find ways of intentionally working with them to both create more of what’s right and envision innovation and new ways of being and doing.

LETTER OF COMPLETION:

To obtain a letter of completion (and to be eligible for consideration for AI Facilitator Certification) each participant must complete 26 training hours. Letters of completion include your name, date of your training, and number of classroom hours earned.

APPRECIATIVE INQUIRY FACILITATOR CERTIFICATION:

Each of our certification courses require a written practicum (‘narrative’) of your work. The learning management system will be accessible to you to review materials for a full year after the vAIFT. The purpose of your practicum is to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the principles of Appreciative Inquiry, its various applications, what you learned, etc. Participants will submit their practicum for review by our Practicum Review Committee which consists of 2-4 seasoned Ai practitioners. It is standard practice for the panel to engage participants in a conversation (conducted virtually) about their practicum. Typically, they will respond with questions to deepen their and the participant’s mutual understanding of, and learning about, AI. The practicum review is therefore a dialogical and interactive process.

Participants have up to one year from the date of their training to submit their practicum for review. During this time, your trainers make themselves available to you for mentoring and support (at no additional cost) as you work through your first inquiry. Your mentoring/support can be done via telephone, skype, zoom, etc. You and your trainers can arrange a time and platform in which to conduct these sessions. Learn more about our Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator Certification requirements here.

Once certified, your Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator Certification lasts for 2 years. AI Certification with the Center for Appreciative Inquiry includes:

  • Appreciative Inquiry Certification document that will be emailed to you for your records;
  • Center for Appreciative Inquiry Certification logo that you are welcome to embed on your website or include in your email signature;
  • Listing on our Appreciative Inquiry Directory. Your Ai Directory listing is an editable profile page that includes your photo and professional biography that highlights your specialties, articles, videos and testimonials. Directory profiles are easy to create and update and will make you locatable by our worldwide audience. All Directory profiles will remain visible on our website for the duration of your certification. Our Appreciative Inquiry certification is good for 2 years; after which you may renew your Ai certification. You can learn more about the benefits of our AI Directory here.

ADDITIONAL TRAINING INFORMATION

Online Learning Platform

Participants will receive login information to the Center for Appreciative Inquiry’s (CAI) online learning platform closer to the training date. We will open the online platform to participants prior to the start of the training. This allows participants time to navigate the software and become acquainted with the various features and tools it offers, introduce themselves to their trainers and other vAIFT participants, and access all pre-workshop reading and materials.

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