There is so much good happening in the World. Often we read stories of positive change that is taking place at home, work, within teams and communities, etc. In these stories, I began to notice was that the authors were utilizing the word ‘courage’ to describe the people within the story; but what do we really mean when we talk about courage? What images appear in your mind when you see/hear the word COURAGE?
Nurturing Strength to Ignite Change…
The dictionary describes courage as “the ability to do something that you know is difficult or dangerous.” The root of the word courage is cor – latin word for heart. Some have said courage takes “strength of heart”.
Individuals, who may be new to Appreciative Inquiry, often ask: How do I introduce Appreciative Inquiry? How do you handle the negatives? How do I convince others? Where do I even start?
As we know, change is not easy and can be scary concept – requiring us to look within ourselves for strength to move forward. Yet, everyone has the skill and the capacity to be courageous. How can we nurture this strength (courageousness) within ourselves and others? How might courage complement and/or add value to the field of Appreciative Inquiry?
‘Changing the world is not easy, but its pursuit will change you profoundly.” ~ Leroy Hood