Appreciative Inquiry (AI) offers consultants, change agents, and training professionals a powerful, life–centric approach to leading and facilitating change. This innovative approach taps into the need for more positive and engaging ways to advance communication, relationships and results within organizations. As a participatory method, it encourages all organizational members, employees and leaders alike to work side by side to envision corporate goals and share ideas and action plans on how best to achieve them.
Appreciative Inquiry for Collaborative Solutions is a practical resource for facilitators who want to introduce positive, strength–based perspectives into their work and trainings. This book provides an overview of Appreciative Inquiry′s positive psychology and strength–based change methods. It explores basic principles and practices, shows how to incorporate AI into existing work, and offers practical advice for designing new trainings. In addition, the author provides a variety of ready–to–deliver workshops on topics such as leadership, diversity, technology, creativity, change, innovation, learning, collaboration, coaching, and team–building. The author also suggests how to make the outcomes of an Appreciative Inquiry session stick, and also, what it takes to make these valuable approaches self–sustaining.
This important resource is a first in the field of Appreciative Inquiry as it provides twenty one ready–to–use workshops for facilitators, leaders, consultants, and trainers who want to empower others in creating collaborative solutions.
"What you learn in a single book can change everything. Appreciative Inquiry for Collaborative Solutions is Robyn Stratton–Berkessel at her very best helping all of us open ourselves to our best selves, envision possibilities, and get in touch with our own and other′s strengths. A brilliantly applied book with over 21 workshops ready for prime time delivery helping leaders tap the revolutionary power of appreciative inquiry or "AI" for creating value for customers, suppliers, team members, shareholders, and families. Are you ready to walk on the strengths–based side of organization development and leadership? This inspiring volume will propel you upward step by step it takes AI from concept to reality in an eloquent, empowering, and utterly engaging way."
David Cooperrider, Fairmount Minerals Professor at Case Western Reserve University′s Weatherhead School of Management
"Both inspiring and highly practical, this book will be an invaluable and no doubt well–thumbed addition to your library of Appreciative Inquiry resources, whether you are a novice or an experienced practitioner!"
Sue James, partner, BJ Seminars
"Ms. Stratton–Berkessel′s work leaves the reader with a clear understanding of why Appreciative Inquiry is such a powerful change model. Those new to Appreciative Inquiry will marvel at her unique explanation of the ′phases′ of Appreciative Inquiry. Those more familiar with Appreciative Inquiry will enjoy her explanations and examples."
Timothy Germany, commissioner, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
"A practical approach grounded in personal experience...[this book] shows that Appreciative Inquiry is not a luxury but a necessity for organizational success."
Annalie Killian, catalyst for magic AMP, producer of the AMPLIFY Innovation & Thought Leadership Festival, Sydney, Australia
What Is Appreciative Inquiry?
What This Book Contains.
How to Use This Book.
Value for the Organization.
PART I CONTEXT SETTING.
Providing a Personal Context.
Shifting the Paradigm.
Calling of Our Times.
PART II OVERVIEW OF APPRECIATIVE INQUIRY AND POSITIVE, STRENGTH–BASED APPROACHES TO HUMAN AND ORGANIZATION DEVELOPMENT.
A Symphony of Strengths.
PART III COLLABORATIVE WORKSHOPS.
Workshop Design Principles.
Workshop Practice: What You Can Expect.
Workshop Titles: Affirmative Topics.
Purpose of the Workshops.
Objectives of theWorkshops.
Workshop Duration and Participant Selection.
Structure of Content.
General Guidelines for All Workshops.
Summary of Process.
Creating Change Positively.
Unleashing Creativity for Continuous Innovation.
Business As a Positive Agent for Change Leaving a Legacy.
Peak Performance Being in Flow.
Caring for Our Environment.
Learning at a New Level.
Working with Integrity.
Generations Working Together.
Juggling It All!
Building Capacity Through Strengths.
PART IV DESIGNING YOUR OWN STRENGTH–BASED WORKSHOPS.
Review of Workshop Design.
Participants and Leadership.
Valuing the Appreciative Inquiry Experience.
About the Author.